The Scottish government has released guidance to hospitality and tourism businesses to help them reopen safely next month.
The guidance will provide clarity and certainty for businesses with an indicative start date of 15 July.
In her statement yesterday, the First Minister has also confirmed that social distancing measures will be subject to rigorous research with an announcement on any change from the current two metre parameter unlikely for another two weeks.
The operational guide and checklist highlights the new protocols for preparing food, bookings and the supply chain and the correct guidance for customers.
The checklist also clearly details the correct proceeds for small, medium and large sector businesses, covering distancing measures, capacity, signage, hygiene, reducing transmission, and customer and staff support.
The Scottish Government’s guidance also refers to UKHospitality’s comprehensive guidelines for the reopening of hospitality businesses in Scotland which was also published yesterday.
UKHospitality executive director for Scotland, Willie Macleod said: “It is heartening to have the Scottish Government’s guidance, and the clarity they bring for businesses. They should provide an end to many of the uncertainties which have persisted over recent weeks for businesses that have been hit very hard by this crisis as and allow planning to get underway for re-opening.
“Even with the greater certainty that the re-opening dates now provide, we should not forget that businesses have been hit very hard and the sector remains in a fragile state. We must have continued sector-specific support from both UK and Scottish Governments. We are pleased to see that social distancing measures will be reviewed also. Reducing the minimum distance required, if it is safe to do so, would be a huge bonus for businesses as they look to reopen.”