Scottish Government set provisional date for tourist industry reopening

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

The Scottish Government has announced a provisional date of 15th July for reopening of the tourist industry. A new Scottish Recovery Tourism Taskforce will assist with the ongoing reset of the sector. The resumption of services is dependent on public health advice and progression to Phase 3 of the Scottish Government lockdown route-map.

The announcement applies to:

  • Hotels, B&Bs, holiday homes
  • Pubs and restaurants
  • Museums, galleries, cinemas, libraries

Minister Ewing made a statement to Parliament, saying: “The coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges across the entirety of the Scottish economy, but it is very clear there are exceptional circumstances facing this sector that must be recognised.

“We have acted as quickly as we can to address the significant financial challenges faced by businesses and provide a comprehensive package of support. We are also pushing the UK Government to do more, including a review of VAT rates and to consider extensions to schemes such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

“I’ve been engaging with businesses since the beginning of the outbreak and I have heard their calls for more clarity which today I can provide. Businesses should start to prepare for a provisional return to trading – with appropriate safety guidelines – on the 15th July 2020.

“This date cannot be definitive and is conditional on public health advice and progression to Phase 3 of the route map. Businesses must now use this time to satisfy the necessary regulations and adapt to the new way of living.”

The Scottish Government confirmed today that: “Tourism and Hospitality safer workplace guidance is due to be published shortly”. The substance of this advice will influence how businesses are able to operate with social distancing.