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Scotland’s restaurants look set for mid-July reopening

Fish and chip restaurants in Scotland could open from 15th July as the government looks to restart the country’s hospitality and tourist industry.

The date was signalled by the Scottish government today on the condition that the coronavirus transmission rate remains low. It will follow an official review of lockdown restrictions on 9th July.

As long as social distancing measures are in place, fish and chip restaurants as well as pubs, bars and hotels will be able to welcome customers indoors, the first time since lockdown was instructed in March.

UKHospitality (UKH) welcomed the move with executive director for Scotland Willie Macleod commenting: “It’s good to have some clarity from the Scottish Government and a real sense that we are moving towards the reopening of hospitality and tourism businesses.

“Recognising that there may be a need to change dates and timing in the interests of health and safety, it will take time, weeks in some cases, for businesses to get back in working order, communicate with customers, handle bookings, arrange staffing and order supplies, so this lead-time is very helpful.”

The Scottish government will produce further guidance on 18th June although UKH has already developed its own detailed guidelines to assist businesses to reopen.

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