There is much to be concerned and alarmed about in the Scottish Government's roadmap, writes licensing lawyer Stephen McGowan.
The Scottish Government’s easing of the lockdown restrictions has now come into force for the licensed trade
Hospitality businesses in Scotland are preparing to properly welcome customers back to their premises for the first time since the lockdown was introduced in March, with outdoor drinking having resumed at the beginning of last week and indoor hospitality set to return from Wednesday (July 15), subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice
The UK has begun to cautiously reopen after a lengthy lockdown, the initial shock of the closure of our industry has slowly begun to subside, and, for many operators, the focus is now shifting to find practical ways to reopen premises whilst meeting the requirements defined as 'COVID-19 Secure’
In the past few days, I have seen a growing number of requests from various industry bodies looking for a date for the reopening of hotels and leisure businesses in Scotland
Business interruption insurance is intended to cover financial losses where business operations have been interrupted, because of unexpected events causing damage to the property insured. The coronavirus pandemic is definitely an unexpected event, and it has interrupted the operations of most businesses across the drinks, leisure and hospitality industry which were forced to close due to sanitation and contamination concerns
Moving into the summer months usually brings a wave of external seating projects to us however, with the impact of COVID-19, we are looking more at robust large coverings as well to enable operators to have the comfort to deliver more structured dining covers outside as well
Despite having been granted the same funding per business as the UK Government, the Scottish Government has decided to spend £500,000 on a small number of research projects, including one on the reopening of licensed premises
The truth is that no one really knows when the hospitality sector will get back to normal, or what that even looks like
DEJA vu. That’s a sense Scotland’s licensed trade is probably feeling a lot at the moment. 2013 may be a new year, but...
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