Taking customer contact details to be mandatory from next week

‘No background music or volume from the TV’ in pubs from next week, Sturgeon says

PUBS and restaurants will be legally required to take customer contact details from next Friday (August 14), Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking today (August 7), the first minister also said new statutory guidance for hospitality businesses will be published next week, also to take effect from next Friday, which will “clarify exactly what is required of the hospitality industry”; pre-booking tables, no queuing inside or outside venues, all customers seated at all times, and “no background music or volume from televisions” could be among the measures.

The first minister said that, although it was “very clear many businesses have complied very strictly” with the guidance, “there are some where that has not been the case”. She said the Scottish Government will work with Police Scotland and environmental health to explain and enforce the new measures.

Sturgeon outlined the plans as she said the number of cases detected in the Aberdeen COVID-19 cluster now stands at 101 – up 22 from yesterday; 313 close contacts have been traced – up from 233 yesterday; and that she “expects that number to rise further”.