Scottish leader Sturgeon sorry for breaking COVID-19 rules

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has apologised for breaching coronavirus restrictions when she took off her face mask at a funeral wake.

A photograph published in the Scottish Sun newspaper showed Sturgeon chatting to three women while standing at a distance but without wearing a mask. She was attending a funeral wake last Friday for a civil servant.

Under the Scottish government’s coronavirus rules, customers in restaurants must wear a face covering except when seated at their table.

Those breaching the rules can face a GBP60 (USD81) fine.

Sturgeon apologised for the “stupid mistake” yesterday, saying she had her mask off briefly.

“I talk every day about the importance of masks, so I’m not going to offer any excuses,” she said. “I was in the wrong, I’m kicking myself, and I’m sorry.”

Scotland’s leader Nicola Sturgeon. PHOTO: AP