Scots will not have to wear face masks when visiting a McDonald’s restaurant despite new rule changes down south.
A mandatory law finally came into force in England on Friday, with people required to wear a face covering in shops and also takeaways – or risk a £100 fine.
But the rules are different here, with the Scottish government asking people to wear coverings in stores and on transport, but not in cafes, restaurants or pubs.
McDonald’s is now echoing England’s new rule and asking everyone south of the border to wear a mask when entering restaurants to pick up a takeaway order, but not when dining in, according to the Manchester Evening News.
A spokesperson said: “In line with Government guidance in England takeaway customers are required to wear a face covering at all times while in our restaurants.
“Also in line with the guidance, dine-in customers can go directly to a table and order using the My McDonald’s App without a face covering, but should wear one if moving around the restaurant – for example using the self-order screens, ordering at the counter or if using the toilets.”
However, this rule will not be enforced in Scottish branches of the fast food chain, meaning people sitting in or ordering food to-go do not need to wear a covering.
A McDonald’s spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Record that the face mask rule does not apply in Scotland.
It comes after coverings were made compulsory in shops in England on Friday.
The UK Government guidance says it will be mandatory to wear a mask when buying a takeaway, for example getting a coffee from a café.
People in Scotland are only required to wear a mask on public transport and in shops – and not in ‘hospitality premises’.
Advice on the Scottish Government website sates: “A face covering must be worn by all people in a shop, except where an exemption or ‘reasonable excuse,’ as defined in the legislation, applies when the shop is open to the public.
“A shop is any indoor establishment which offers goods or services for sale or hire.
“This does not include hospitality premises such as cafes, coffee shops, restaurants or pubs.
“It also excludes money services businesses such as banks and building societies.”
McDonald’s reopened for dine-in customers in restaurants in Scotland last week for the first time during lockdown.
The fast food restaurant is asking for diners for their contact details and will offer table service as part of its new safety measures during the pandemic.