Scottish Government says ‘wearing of face masks is not required while eating or drinking whether seated or standing’
CUSTOMERS will be able to drink at the bar from Monday 9th August after the Scottish Government confirmed the ‘wearing of face masks is not required while eating or drinking whether seated or standing’ when restrictions are eased.
The Scottish Government issued a statement this evening (4th August) to clarify the situation after comments from deputy first minister John Swinney on BBC Radio Scotland this morning when he reportedly said ‘vertical drinking’ would not be allowed in pubs and nightclubs.
In the statement, the Scottish Government said: “We are encouraging the hospitality sector to consider retaining safety measures that are currently in place to help protect the public and staff.
“While wearing of face masks is not required while eating or drinking (whether seated or standing), in order to avoid crowding in hospitality venues it may be sensible to keep measures such as table service or operate a queuing system.
“We are currently engaging with the nightclub sector on guidance to ensure they can safely reopen on 9th August. It is due to be published in the coming days.”
Confirmation that ‘vertical drinking’ will be permitted was welcomed by Colin Wilkinson, managing director of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA), who attended a meeting with the Scottish Government and other industry groups earlier today.
“It is absolutely crucial to have this clarified although we are still waiting for the finer detail on this and other questions,” said Wilkinson.
“However, we thank the Scottish Government for their time today and hope that further information is forthcoming before Monday.
“Mr Swinney’s comments were both unhelpful and misinformed.”