Anyone visiting hospitals will be required to wear a face mask from this week [Monday, June 29]

Visitors will be asked to wear a face covering throughout their visit including when attending hospital appointments.

Individuals who have contracted COVID-19 can pass the infection on to others before they develop symptoms (pre-symptomatic stage) or in the absence of any symptoms at all (asymptomatic). By wearing a face covering, this reduces the risk of transmitting the infection to others.


Scotland is in lockdown. Shops are closing and newspaper sales are falling fast. We’re not exaggerating when we say that the future of the Irvine Times, and the vital local news service we’ve provided since 1873, is under threat.

Please consider supporting the Irvine Times in whatever way you can – by paying just 90p for a copy of the paper, when you’re shopping for essential supplies for yourself and others, or by subscribing to our e-edition here.

Thanks – and stay safe.