Scottish Government confirms alcohol samples are permitted as part of tour experiences

ASVA has been consulting with the Scottish Government on a number of key issues regarding the reopening of the sector. One of these issues is whether samples of alcoholic beverages will be permitted within distillery/brewery experiences when the sector can re-open on 26th April. We are very pleased to confirm that, following lobbying by ASVA, supported by the Scotch Whisky Experience and Diageo, the Scottish Government has confirmed that samples of alcohol can be served as part of a tour experience in a drinks based attraction from 26th April. The guidance from the Scottish Government is that the samples must be served as a distinctive part of the tour experience and incorporated into the ticket price. It should not be possible for visitors to buy any additional alcoholic beverages to be consumed during the experience on top of the samples provided as part of the tour.  Whilst being served, all physical distancing and hygiene protocols must be followed.