Covid-19 changes

Pubs get 1-metre go-ahead, new shopping rule

Aldi shopper in mask

Coverings will be mandatory in shops (pic: Terry Murden)

Face coverings will be mandatory in shops in Scotland from 10 July and there will be some relaxing of the 2-metre rule to help the hospitality sector, salons and shops.

The five-mile travel travel restriction for leisure will be lifted, apart from an area of south west Scotland where there is an outbreak Covid-19.

On coverings the first minister said there will be some exemptions for children under five and for those with certain medical conditions.

Self-contained holiday accommodation, such as cottages and lodges, can reopen from tomorrow, 3 July.

Beer gardens and pavement tables can operate from Monday. There will be no standing areas.

This is the news that the industry has been eagerly anticipating

– Marc Crothall, Scottish Tourism Alliance

The 2-metre rule will remain, but exemptions will be allowed in phase 3 to cut it to 1-metre if there are extra safeguards in place, such as in shops.

The government guidance says: “These exceptions would take into account the wider harms caused by the 2-metre
rule to broader health, the economy and society.”

There was a broad welcome for the relaxation of restrictions, but some concern at the lack of detail, particularly on the distancing rule.

Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance said that relaxing the 2-metre physical distancing rule to 1-metre “is the news that the industry has been eagerly anticipating”.

Recent research by the STA revealed that the majority of businesses in the tourism sector would be economically unsustainable if the 2-metre physical distancing rule remained.

2 Comments to Pubs get 1-metre go-ahead, new shopping rule

  1. Hi, Can you tell me is the one metre rule allowed or is the two metres when pubs open on Wednesday 15th July, and also is private social clubs ie Sunnybank Football Social Club can open on Wednesday 15th July and also can the members play Bingo in the club.
    Cheers, John McGowan Club Secretary, Sunnybank Football Club and Social Club Aberdeen.

    • From the Scottish government…. On 2 July the First Minister announced that exemptions will be permitted for public transport, retail and hospitality sectors to allow a move from 2m to 1m physical distancing. This is conditional on appropriate additional mitigating measures being implemented to reduce the elevated risk associated with a 1m distance as opposed to 2m. For the purpose of this guidance, hospitality sectors relates to public houses, restaurants and cafes, including those where they are situated within other premises, such as hotels, visitor attractions and clubs. This applies to indoor and outdoor areas from 15 July 2020.

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