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Scotland’s restaurants can reopen with exemption on 2m rule

Fish and chip restaurants in Scotland can open their indoor spaces from Wednesday 15th July, the First Minister has announced.

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today that the country will enter phase three of lockdown tomorrow with indoor areas of pubs, restaurants and holiday accommodation opening next week, subject to conditions.

Scottish Government guidance on these is expected to be published tomorrow.

Restaurants will be granted an exemption from the two-metre social distancing rule if mitigating measures are taken such as clear information, revised seating plans and improved ventilation.

Outdoor hospitality reopened on Monday 6th July.

UKHospitality welcomed the news with executive director for Scotland Willie Macleod saying: “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.”

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