Glasgow Food & Drink

Scotland reopening announcement brings welcome flexibility for hospitality sector

UKHospitality has welcomed today’s announcement on the reopening of Scotland’s hospitality sector.

The First Minister confirmed today that the country will enter phase three of lockdown tomorrow with indoor areas of pubs, restaurants and holiday accommodation opening on 15 July, subject to conditions. Scottish Government guidance on these is expected to be published tomorrow (Friday 10 July).


Indoor hospitality will be granted an exemption from the two-metre social distancing rule, depending on the implementation of mitigating measures such as clear information, revised seating plans and improved ventilation.

UKHospitality Executive Director for Scotland Willie Macleod said: “This is great news for hospitality and tourism in Scotland. Venues will be eager to open their doors and welcome customers once again. Many of them will have learned valuable lessons this week opening up their outdoor areas and they will feel confident they can keep staff and customers secure.

“The additional flexibility around social distancing will be a huge help for businesses that need as much support as they can get. Venues will be diligent in their preparations and every step will be taken to ensure staff and customers are safe.