Scotland begins to reopen hospitality venues

Scotland: As of 15 July 2020, hospitality venues in Scotland are allowed to reopen providing that mitigations are met.

Bars, restaurants, cinemas, tourist attractions, hairdressers and barbers, places of worship and childcare centres can now all reopen.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that it’s “the biggest step so far” since the country entered lockdown March 23. 

The reopening of indoor space will require strict health and safety measures in place, including physical distancing restrictions and taking customer contact details.

As part of the NHS Test and Protect scheme, the data is “absolutely crucial” in helping to build public and staff confidence as premises reopen. Sturgeon explained: “If you’re not prepared to provide your contact details, my message to you is pretty blunt – don’t go to these places.” 

In an announcement made at Holyrood last week, Sturgeon said: “Just as with indoor household meetings, opening up indoor hospitality poses significantly increased risks of transmission. So it is essential that the guidance on health and safety is followed rigorously, by businesses, staff and customers.”

Also implemented today is the UK Chancellor’s VAT cut on food, accommodation and attractions from 20 per cent to five per cent. The scheme will be in place until 12 January.