Face Coverings (Scottish Government, 5 September 2021)
By law, you must wear a face covering in certain indoor public places, including public transport, in Scotland unless an exemption applies.
Where face coverings are required and no exemptions apply, a member of the public who does not wear a face covering could be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice. Police have been given enforcement powers in law to issue fixed penalty notices in such circumstances. The penalty is £60, reduced to £30 if the penalty is paid within 28 days. However, if a person receives further fixed penalty notices, the penalty increases - so the second penalty would be £120 and then the amount doubles with each subsequent notice up to a maximum of £960.
A new offence specifically designed to protect certain workers such as shop workers and those involved in the sale of age restricted goods and services (e.g. working in a pub selling alcohol) came into force on 24 August. This new offence carries with it a fine and/or prison sentence as a penalty and will help improve how the justice system responds to attacks on workers. If the worker was enforcing a statutory age restriction at the time of a crime being committed, a tougher penalty may be imposed.