Licensees and restaurant owners will have to collect customers’ details from Friday 14th August under a new law announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. She also said that new statutory guidance for indoor hospitality would be published this week to ensure greater compliance with coronavirus measures. The move came after covid-19 cases in an Aberdeen cluster rose to 110, with the outbreak linked to pubs and restaurants in the city. That figure has since risen to 134.
She has urged businesses to get customers to pre-book tables to prevent queues and that nobody stand at the bar to watch football, and there should be no background music to prevent shouting. Plus no more than three households at a time should be meeting in a group.
Sturgeon said while the new mandatory measures were “really restrictive”, they were necessary, while also stressing that the majority of hospitality businesses had complied with imposed coronavirus measures it was clear there were “some businesses where that hasn’t been the case”.