The wearing of face coverings is to become mandatory in communal workplace areas, such as corridors, canteens and social spaces, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today.
During a statement to Parliament, which was delivered virtually, the First Minister also announced that the business support scheme will start taking online applications from Tuesday 20 October.
In total, £40 million of support is available, including a £20 million grant fund which will be administered by local authorities.
Changes to face-covering regulations are:
Existing COVID-19 restrictions will remain in place and will be kept under review.
The regulations for face coverings do not currently apply to school, early learning and childcare settings.