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Scottish restaurants required by law to take customer details

From Friday 14th August it will be mandatory for fish and chip restaurants and other venues in Scotland to collect customer details, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Up until now it has just been guidance, however Sturgeon believes putting it on a statuary footing will help ensure test and protect can function as effectively as possible.

The move comes after Covid-19 cases in an Aberdeen cluster rose to 101, with the outbreak linked to multiple pubs and restaurants in the city.

The First Minister announced new statutory guidance will be issued to indoor hospitality on Friday to ensure greater compliance with coronavirus measures, along with details of penalties for those businesses that don't comply.

She has also reminded venues that as well as collecting customer data they should be asking customers to pre-book tables, that there should be no queues, that people shouldn’t be standing at the bar to watch football and that there should be no background music to prevent shouting and any risk of transmission.

While she said the majority of businesses had complied with coronavirus measures imposed on hospitality, she also noted "it is clear there are some businesses where that has not been the case".

Police Scotland will enforce the measures if required.

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