Following today’s briefing from the First Minister:
We support the announcement from the Scottish Government that additional steps have been taken to help protect our remote and rural communities due to significant pressure from visitors.
VisitScotland is urging people to follow current advice: not to travel unless it is essential and to follow the social distancing advice and stay close to home.
Ferry operators – which have already suspended bookings – have been advised to no longer take non-essential travellers. Those who do not normally live on the islands and have travelled there in the last few days will be able to leave to reduce pressure.
Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation have been advised to no longer accept visitors. Accommodation can be provided for staff and to help essential works and support essential services.
VisitScotland is supporting this additional guidance from the Scottish Government. It has become apparent in recent days that people have not been following current guidelines and putting lives at risk.
We welcome this guidance for visitors, as well as for our tourism operators. We understand that it is a particularly worrying and stressful time for everyone. We want to protect our communities right across the country for the future as they are what make the visitor experience so special.
There will be a time when we can welcome visitors back with open arms to enjoy all that is special about beautiful Scotland – but now is a time for staying safe and close to home.
Short-term rental industry supports Scottish Government coronavirus response
The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has backed the Scottish Government’s decision to enforce temporary closure on self-catering units to combat the COVID-19.
As the trade body representing the sector in Scotland, the ASSC believes the industry should play its part in fighting the pandemic and in doing so supports the difficult conclusion that normal business should be suspended.