Updated COVID guidance for Scotland’s tourism and hospitality industries is published

Following the First Minister’s announcement earlier this week that, in light of the escalating cases of the Omicron COVID variant, businesses are now required to take practicable measures to minimise the risk of transmission, The Scottish Government has today (Thursday, 16 December) published updated guidance for the tourism and hospitality industries.

Including procedures for staff and customer safety, and an operations checklist, the updated tourism and hospitality guidance can be accessed via this link.

This sector guidance should be used in conjunction with the Scottish Government’s latest general guidance for safer workplaces, which is available here.

As we have already highlighted to ASVA members, no new mandatory actions are required to be taken by businesses, however they are advised to take any available steps to ensure visitor and staff safety, such as:

  • Queue management
  • Ordering systems
  • One way systems
  • Table service in cafes/restaurants
  • Use of protective screens
  • Capacity management

We know, and have communicated to the Scottish Government, that attractions are already operating with excellent COVID-mitigating measures in place, but we would urge ASVA members to take any additional steps they think most necessary to reassure visitors and staff.

We will continue to update members should the guidance change.