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The top stories and latest news, dedicated to the licensed trade in Scotland.

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Scottish Government publishes one metre guidance

No standing at bar areas, face coverings for staff and reduced noise levels from music or TV are among the additional “mitigating measures” operators will have to adopt in order to reduce social distancing to one metre in their premises
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Mitigations for one metre distance to be published ‘in coming days’

Measures required for bars and restaurants to trade with one metre social distancing when they are able to reopen from next Wednesday (July 15) will be published “in the coming days”, the Scottish Government has said

Trade welcomes 5% VAT rate

VAT on food and accommodation in hospitality venues is to be cut to 5% for the next six months and consumers offered discounted meals in venues as part of a raft of new measures designed to kickstart the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown

Scotland’s hospitality sector emerges from lockdown

Operators across Scotland who were able to open their beer gardens and outdoor areas yesterday (July 6) enjoyed their first day of trading in over three months

Support for Scottish music venues being ‘actively considered’

Support for grassroots music venues is being “actively considered” by the Scottish Government, economy secretary Fiona Hyslop has said

Operators urged to ‘discourage’ smoking in queues

The Scottish Government has written to hospitality and retail businesses encouraging them to “take steps to discourage people from smoking or vaping” while queuing to enter premises

From heartbreak to hope: Scottish operators gear up for the ‘new normal’

This has been a year unlike any other for Scotland’s bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels

Coronavirus: groups welcome reopening date but say there is still a ‘very long way...

Trade groups have widely welcomed the provisional reopening of outdoor spaces on July 6 announced by the Scottish Government yesterday (June 24) – but say measures such as the two-metre physical distance rule still pose a major threat to the sector

Outdoor areas should be able to open on July 6

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

Coronavirus: Rates cuts and accessible finance will help economic recovery

A reduction on non-domestic rates, improved access to finance, government stakes in hospitality businesses and keeping pressure on Westminster to reduce the VAT rate are among the steps the Scottish Government could take to help the economy recover in the wake of COVID-19