Scotland’s hospitality sector will start to reopen from July 6, with bars and restaurants able to trade again from this date.
The remainder of the sector, including hotels, will then follow suit on July 15.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the plans this week with beer gardens and outside dining the first to be allowed to reopen and the rest of the hospitality industry and the indoors of pubs, restaurants and hotels permitted to reopen soon after.
These moves depend on safety measures being in place and hospitality businesses will have to retain contact details for customers for four weeks.
Advisors are still reviewing whether the 2m physical distancing rule should be eased but there isn’t expected to be a decision made on this before July 2.
Sturgeon also added that the five-mile travel limit will also be lifted from 3 July and people from two households also able to meet indoors.
UKHospitality executive director for Scotland, Wille Macleod said: “Having confirmation of the reopening date is a really positive step forward. It should give businesses a much-needed sense of clarity now they know what they are aiming for. It will take time for businesses to prepare after such a long shutdown, so this will give venues valuable time to get ready and draw up the necessary plans.”
It’s now been announced when hospitality venues in England and Scotland can reopen, however no plans have been detailed as to when hotels in Wales will be able to trade again.
The sector is likely to be included in the Welsh Government’s next review on July 10. Many hotel owners in Wales have told BH of their concern with the government’s lack of clarity and decision-making and said it will be ‘devastating’ for the hospitality industry to be so behind the rest of the UK in reopening.