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Article published 15/12/2020

So, your tourism / hospitality business is now in level two. Here’s the key things in terms of what it means for you. This page includes:

Hospitality / food and drink

Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars can open indoors and outdoors for the consumption of food and alcoholic drinks. The maximum number of people that can meet indoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is six which can be from up to two separate households.

Last entry is 7pm and all venues must be closed and all customers off the premises by 8pm.

Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars can open outdoors for the consumption of food and alcoholic drinks. Last entry is 9.30pm and all venues must be closed and all customers off the premises by 10.30pm.

You do not need to purchase a main meal to drink alcohol outdoors in level two.

Table service and the wearing of face-coverings (unless exempt) when not seated by all customers is mandatory in all hospitality venues.

When meeting people from more than one other household, people should think beforehand about what size of table they will need to keep physically distanced between members of the group. The venue should be able to advise of booking options.

Businesses should ask customers to provide contact details for Test and Protect purposes. This information is retained for 21 days with a view to sharing with Test and Protect Teams, if required.

Hospitality venues are required to put in place additional measures to minimise transmission of COVID-19. For example, hand sanitiser stations and adequate ventilation. There will also be signs to inform customers whether the venue is in a two-metre or one-metre physical distancing area.

Customers should stay at least two metres apart from people from other households at all times, unless the venue is operating one-metre distancing due to additional measures being in place to avoid transmission.

Physical distancing and good hand hygiene remain the most effective measures in reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Therefore, distancing requirements need to be maintained, where reasonably practicable, at all times, including when waiting to enter premises and when seated.

Customers should avoid visiting multiple hospitality premises on the same day. In particular, they should not visit more than one pub or bar on the same day, as this increases the risk of transmission.

Takeaways can still operate as normal, provided food and drink is sold for consumption off the premises. Face coverings and physical distancing rules must be followed.

Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food to guests staying in their premises up to 10pm. Room service, including alcohol, is allowed as normal.

The hospitality sector should continue to follow the sector guidance for tourism and hospitality.

Holiday accommodation

All holiday accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camping sites) can stay open, in line with sector guidance for tourism and hospitality. Visitors should only stay with their household (or extended household) in self-catering accommodation.

If staying with another household in a hotel or B&B, visitors should not have more than one household (or extended household) staying in each room booked. Visitors should also maintain a two-metre distance between different households (or extended households) for the duration of their stay.

Visitors can meet in a group of up to six people from up to two households indoors in a public setting in holiday accommodation.

There is sperate guidance for workers' accommodation.

The hospitality sector should continue to follow the sector guidance for tourism and hospitality.

Visitor attractions

All indoor and outdoor visitor attractions such as museums, galleries, educational and heritage attractions, zoos and aquariums can open providing there are physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

When visiting, customers should comply with the physical distancing and hygiene measures in place and they should check in advance for visiting arrangements such as pre-bookable time slots. Face coverings indoors are compulsory for all visitors and staff.

Visitor attractions with shops and hospitality facilities are also able to open.

Public and customer toilets can be opened as long as it is safe to do so. Where toilets are part of a larger premises, for example a shop, face coverings must be worn.

Visitors should not meet socially at a visitor attraction in a group of more than six people from two separate households outdoors or indoors.

Specific sector guidance:

Meeting other households

Meeting indoors

The maximum number of people that can meet indoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is six which can be from up to two separate households.

Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people permitted to gather indoors in a public place but do count towards the maximum of two households permitted to meet. For example, a children’s party with 10 children from more than two separate households would not be allowable, but six adults and four children from two households could meet.

Children under 12 do not need to maintain physical distance from others indoors.

Where an individual household includes more than six people they can continue to meet as a household in hospitality premises, although the venue may impose a smaller group limit.

Meeting outdoors

You can meet people from other households outdoors in a private garden or in a public place such as a park or an outdoor area of a pub. The maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is six which can be from up to two separate households.

Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people counted in a gathering. Children under 12 do not need to maintain physical distance from others. This is to allow children under 12 to play with their friends outside.

Young people aged between 12 and 17 can meet up in groups of up to six at a time outdoors. The two household limit on outdoor gathering does not apply to this age group but physical distancing is still required.

Where an individual household includes more than six people, they can continue to meet outside as a household even if the total number of people exceeds six.

Travel restrictions

You must not travel into a level three or four area except for essential purposes.

Visiting Scotland from other parts of the UK and Ireland, under current Scottish regulations: unless you have a reasonable excuse, you must not travel between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Find out more on Scottish Government travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Travelling for a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.  

It is illegal to travel for non-essential purposes from the rest of the UK to Scotland. Please refer to guidance which explains the provisions within the Health Protection (Coronavirus)(Restrictions and Requirements)(Local Levels)(Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2020.

People should comply with the rules applicable to their local authority area in Scotland. Please note the levels and the contents of the levels is reviewed on a regular basis.

Read the Scottish Government advice and guidance on how to travel safely

Read the UK Government guidance on travelling from England to other UK nations.