Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on citizens to cover their faces in closed areas, such as shops and public transport.
According to her, this may reduce the chance that infected people without noticeable symptoms will transmit the coronavirus to others.
Sturgeon says that Scotland does not yet require the wearing of mouth cover. There is currently insufficient evidence that such a measure is sufficiently compelling.
It does not exclude that the policy will be tightened up later.
The Prime Minister emphasizes that people are not called upon to wear medical masks used by aid workers. The use of a scarf or other item of clothing is sufficient, she says.
She also said it is especially important that people continue to abide by current anti-coronary rules. Wearing mouth cover is no alternative to that.