The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) is disappointed at the news from the Scottish First Minister that outdoor areas in Scotland’s pubs and bars are to remain closed.
SLTA managing director, Colin Wilkinson explained that it’s a a bitter blow for Scotland’s hospitality sector, with foodservice wholesaler customers now facing an anxious period for the survival of their businesses, which could have a knock-on effect for the reopening of indoor areas.
“This delay, hypothetically only two weeks before full reopening, may be possible with social distancing measures and again brings into question whether these first steps,” he says. “For those who have an outdoor area or the potential to have one, will actually help businesses to start recovering from this pandemic.
“With Government guidelines due to be published soon, hospitality businesses will have very little lead-in time to prepare for complying with guidance for outdoor areas, and that alone causes problems, especially on social distancing parameters which look like remaining at 2m, and toilet provision for customers seated outdoors,” Wilkinson added.