A BORDERS shopper has been fined for refusing to wear a face covering.

People have had to wear coverings in Scottish shops since July 10 as the country tries to keep coronavirus cases low.

In the past two weeks, police have fined one person for breaking the new law - after a man was spotted without a covering in a Jedburgh supermarket on July 16.

The BBC reports that officers advised the man about the guidelines, but when he refused to wear a covering, he was given a £60 fixed penalty notice (FPN).

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said: "The chief constable has made it clear that we are asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.

"Our officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance.

“We will use enforcement as a last resort only where there is a clear breach of the legislation."

He added: "A number of exemptions exist that mean certain people are not required to wear a face covering in a shop.

"We would encourage people to raise any concerns with business owners or staff in the first instance."