Tourism resources and links 14 July 2020
Update from the Scottish Government and Visit Scotland
The tourism industry and visitors alike are keenly anticipating the further opening up of tourism and hospitality facilities in Scotland from the 15th of July 2020. It is however, still an uncertain time. We have collated links and resources that can assist both businesses and visitors as we get used to this new normal.
Scotland is currently in Phase 3 of the Route Map.
“Progression through the phases of the Route Map depends on meeting a range of criteria including conditions set by the World Health Organisation – to ensure that we do not further ease restrictions unless it is safe to do so. The substantial progress that we have collectively made in Scotland, by following the relevant rules and guidance, has enabled us to meet the conditions to progress to Phase 3.” (www.gov.scot)
Current recommendations from www.visitscotland.com are as follows:
- Keep a distance of 2 metres from anyone outside of your household (or your travel group) at all times.
- The only exception is where a business has been allowed to reopen with a 1 metre distance between groups of people, but there should be additional safety measures in place.
- If you go somewhere outdoors and it is too crowded to remain at a distance of 2 metres, please consider leaving and finding somewhere else to go.
- Children aged 11 and younger do not need to physically distance indoors.
- Face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in retail shops.
- It’s also recommended you wear your face covering anywhere indoors that is difficult to maintain the recommended physical distance.
- There are exceptions for some health conditions and for children under 5.
CHECK BEFORE YOU GO
- Always check directly with a business before visiting – dates below are when a sector is allowed to reopen, but some businesses may need a little longer to prepare.
- They will also be able to tell you if you need to book in advance, and what safety measures they have will be operating when you visit. Look out for the Good to Go scheme logo, which shows which businesses have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment.
MEETING UP WITH OTHERS
- You can meet up with four other households outdoors, with a maximum of 15 people.
- You can meet up with two other households indoors, with a maximum of 8 people. This can include overnight stays.
- You can meet up to four households per day, though this does not apply to anyone under 18.
WHAT BUSINESSES ARE OPEN NOW?
Remember to check with individual businesses before visiting, as some may need longer than the dates below to reopen safely.
Opening 15 July 2020
- Campsites (all)
- Attractions – museums, galleries, visitor centres, etc
- Pubs & bars (indoors)
- Restaurants & cafés (indoors)
- Wild camping
- Campsites with no access to shared facilities
- Motorhome access
- Outdoor activities
- Outdoor eating & drinking spaces
- Outdoor sports courts
- Outdoor markets
- Public toilets
- Public transport – open but limited capacity
- Retail in shopping centres
- Retail shops (accessible from streets)
- Self-catering without shared facilities
- Zoos – open
Visit Scotland has produced a handy guide for visitors to help them enjoy their travels in Scotland responsibly. Click here to download these handy tips.
For business owners, please go to https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the latest information on the pandemic and guidance for specific sectors:
Visit Scotland is the national tourism organisation for Scotland, their corporate site provides the necessary resources to support your business during this time. They have the latest updates to assist you. This includes training support and the latest marketing information.