New Covid-19 laws that come into force for Scots pubs and restaurants from today


    Gathering contact details is now mandatory and queuing outside bars is now banned under the new rules imposed by the Scottish Government.

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    Pubs and restaurants will have to abide by new laws imposed by the Scottish Government from today.

    It is now mandatory for indoor hospitality premises to collect the contact details of customers in order to help the Test and Protect service.

    The NHS Scotland service is designed to identify close contacts if someone in an enclosed area later tests positive for coronavirus.

    Any close contacts will have to self-isolate for 14 days after they have been contact traced.

    Collecting contact details was originally issued as guidance from the Scottish Government, but there have been growing concerns that some businesses are not following it.

    Pubs should have no background music and any TV should be put on mute to reduce the need for people to shout or lean in on each other.

    Tables should also be pre-booked where possible and only three households should be meeting up in a group.

    The new law for indoor hospitality was announced after a spike in cases in Aberdeen – most of which have been linked to bars in the Granite City.

    Pictures of people queuing in huge numbers outside pubs in Aberdeen circulated social media just days before the city was issued with Scotland’s first local lockdown.

    Announcing the tightening of rules last week, Nicola Sturgeon said: “To say that the incident in Aberdeen is deeply regrettable is an understatement.

    « But it underlines an extremely important point: any time one of us fails to abide by the rules, we put others at risk and give this virus the chance to come roaring back.

    “That’s something which we simply cannot afford to do. We’ve seen – every day of this outbreak – how easily COVID-19 can spread.

    “We need to do everything we can to stop it in its tracks and that is why we are expanding the mandatory use of face coverings in more indoor public spaces, and will be implementing further regulations for the hospitality sector.

    « Many of these measures should already be in place as part of the guidance, but in order to keep the sector open – safely – we are now placing them in law.

    “We are the frontline in making sure that Covid doesn’t spread, and so we all need to keep doing the right things.”


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