Confirmation of the reopening date for hospitality in Scotland will give businesses welcome clarity, according to UKHospitality.
The trade body has welcomed news that bars and restaurants will be able to reopen outdoors from 6 July, with the remainder of the sector following on 15 July.
No decision on minimum social distancing requirements is expected before 2 July.
UKHospitality Executive Director for Scotland, Wille Macleod said: “Having confirmation of the reopening date is a really positive step forward. It should give businesses a much-needed sense of clarity now they know what they are aiming for. It will take time for businesses to prepare after such a long shutdown, so this will give venues valuable time to get ready and draw up the necessary plans.
“We now await the Scottish Government’s decision on the social distancing measures that will be put in place. If it is safe to do so, then the distance should be reduced to one metre. It will give businesses vital extra room to manoeuvre and will greatly increase venue capacity. This extra margin could be the difference between a business failing and a business surviving the remainder of the crisis. Any steps that can be taken to save businesses and protect jobs should be taken if it is safe.”