HOLYROOD politicians are not currently practising the social distancing techniques they recommend others follow to combat spread of the coronavirus.

Current guidelines state that its best to maintain a distance of 1-2 metres from others to reduce the chances of catching Covid-19.

However, MSPs today packed into the Holyrood chamber and proceeded with First Minister's Questions as normal.

Many were also seen heading as a crowd toward the canteen after business had concluded.

A spokesperson from the Scottish Parliament confirmed that no "formal measures" were in place.

They said: "I can confirm no formal measures are in place, given the spacing between seats in the Chamber."

The World Heath Organisation recommends staying at least one metre away from others as part of the social distancing needed to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The virus is spread by tiny droplets sprayed from the mouth or nose, and can enter the body through the mouth or eyes.

The coronavirus is spread by tiny droplets sprayed from the nose and mouth when someone who has it coughs or sneezes.