The First Minister was pictured at a funeral wake in the Stable Bar and Restaurant in Mortonhall, Edinburgh, speaking to three elderly woman without a face covering.

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Nicola Sturgeon has been caught breaking her own coronavirus laws after chatting to pensioners in a pub without a mask on.

The First Minister was pictured speaking to three elderly woman without a face covering at a funeral wake in the Stable Bar and Restaurant in Mortonhall, Edinburgh, last Friday.

Sturgeon was attending the funeral of a senior civil servant where she claims she had her mask off “briefly”.

The SNP leader has has since said sorry for the “stupid mistake” for which she is reportedly “kicking herself”.

In a statement, Sturgeon said: “Last Friday, while attending a funeral wake, I had my mask off briefly. This was a stupid mistake and I’m really sorry.

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

Breaches of the covid rules are punishable by a fixed penalty notice of £60, which is reduced to £30 if paid within 28 days. Penalties double for repeat offences, up to £960.

The law states: “A person who commits an offence under this regulation is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.”

The First Minister is often pictured wearing a tartan face mask as she goes to Holyrood and has emphasised the importance of the coverings.

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