After a long absence of social interaction across Scotland during lockdown, the hospitality sector has been given a boost as it's announced that indoor pubs, cafes and restaurants can open their doors to customers as of Wednesday, 15 July.
The government has also announced that there may be exemptions from the two metre distancing rule for some of these establishments, but this will require businesses to produce revised seating plans, improved ventilation and warnings to customers when they enter one metre distancing areas.
This announcement will certainly be welcomed by the indoor hospitality sector, but with only a week to go before customers start ordering their pints and sitting down to a slap-up meal, it will be imperative that the industry is given the support and guidance it needs from government and local authorities as to how these social distancing rules can be implemented safely.
Nicola Sturgeon has said pubs and restaurants in Scotland can welcome customers indoors from Wednesday, July 15, subject to strict health measures. The First Minister made the announcement as she informed MSPs the country would move into the third phase of her government’s four-step route map out of lockdown.