Covid 19 Scotland - Restrictions Easing from 19th July
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke today and said the planned easing which will go ahead on the 19th July had to be modified in view of the high transmission rates which Scotland has experienced.
We therefore have a sub step in the easing program although it is still described as zero, the First Minister stated:
"We must stick to a cautious approach. We are easing restrictions next week, but we are not abandoning them.”
The latest Guidance is still to be issued but the following is a resume of the what constitutes modified level zero trading:
- Hospitality venues have to close at midnight.
- The maximum number of people that can meet indoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is 10 which can be from up to 4 separate households.
- Up to 15 people from up to 15 households can meet outdoors - whether in a private garden or public place.
- Children under 12 already don’t count towards the total number of people. From Monday, they will not count towards the total number of households either.
- There is no longer a requirement for customers to book a 2 hour slot for a hospitality venue.
- Table service and the wearing of face-coverings (unless exempt) when not seated by all customers is mandatory in all hospitality venues.
- Contact details are required for each person for Test and Protect purposes. This information is to be retained for 21 days with a view to sharing with Test and Protect Teams, if required.
- Social distancing reduces to 1m indoors.
- Weddings and funerals can now have up to 200 attendees.
- Takeaways can operate as normal.
- Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food to guests staying in their premises. Room service, including alcohol, is allowed as normal.