Pub safety and responsibility campaign kickstarts

A SAFE return to pubs and bars is the focus of a new social media campaign by the Scottish Alcohol Industry Partnership (SAIP).

The campaign, which will run for the next month, highlights the various measures hospitality venues are adopting to keep customers and staff safe during the pandemic as well as the role customers can play in keeping pubs safe, such as using hand sanitiser, respecting physical distancing and drinking responsibly. Links to the Scottish Government’s guidance for consumers is also included in the campaign.

Paul Togneri, senior policy manager for the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA), said: “It is important that consumers know the industry is taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously and this campaign is also aimed at highlighting that. The hospitality industry has been devastated by the pandemic and it will be a long road to recovery, the support of consumers and their confidence in the trade will be key.

“In launching this campaign, the whole industry in Scotland is getting behind our pubs and bars. By highlighting the changes being made to keep consumers safe, the innovation being used in this and of course, the pre-existing world class food and drink already on offer, we hope to welcome back as many customers as we can safely do so. In turn, the trade will be able to continue to support jobs and contribute to the economy.”

Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) managing director, Colin Wilkinson, said: “After being closed for almost four months, operators cannot wait to welcome customers back through their door, but we all know it needs to be done safely. The campaign seeks to highlight the safety aspect to consumers by telling what they can expect when they return to a pub, bar or restaurant.

“Whether it’s giving contact details to staff, ordering via an app or QR code, or having to wait in line to use toilet facilities, it will be a new experience for everyone. The pubs and bars will still be the same premises we know and love, but these changes are to keep us all safe and as an industry we are ready to support that by playing our part.”