Outdoor areas should be able to open on July 6

First minister also confirms that venues will be required to record and retain customer contact details

SCOTLAND’S first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced July 6 as the provisional date for the reopening of outdoor areas such as beer gardens as the Scottish Government publishes its updated route map out of lockdown.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament today (June 24) Sturgeon provided a number of updates on how lockdown will be eased in Scotland in the coming weeks.

As well as providing an indicative date of Monday, July 6 for the opening of hospitality outdoor areas Sturgeon confirmed that hospitality venues will be required to record and store contact details for all customers, so that they can be contacted if another customer subsequently tests positive for COVID-19.

The measure had previously been discussed as a possibility but had not been confirmed.

“To support our test and protect system businesses in the hospitality sector will be required to take names and contact details for customers and store these for four weeks, so they should be preparing for that now,” said Sturgeon.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen their interior spaces on July 15, as previously announced, but Sturgeon added today that this will be ”on a limited basis initially and subject to a number of conditions”.

Further information on those conditions will be provided ahead of July 15.

Nightclubs will not be able to reopen on July 15. The updated route map, which can be seen here, states the reopening of nightclubs will be “subject to further public health advice”.