The continuous easing out of government lockdown restrictions has seen beer gardens and outdoor cafes recommence in Scotland.
For the first time in fifteen weeks, people in Scotland are now permitted to return to beer gardens and pavement cafes. However, customers have been cautioned that eating and drinking in the outdoor might not be as it was before the coronavirus lockdown.
From 15 July pubs and restaurants will be expected to resume and welcome customers indoors.
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to make confirmation of this third phase of the Scottish government`s route map out of the lockdown on Thursday. She said that she had been “impressed” with the safeguards that had been put in place at an Edinburgh beer garden she visited and expressed gratitude to businesses for “working hard” to prepare to resume.
Sturgeon expressed that her “biggest worry” was “complacency” about coronavirus setting in and warned: “This virus has not gone away.”
In order to safeguard the customers and lower the risk of infections, customers have been urged to observe strict distancing and hygiene rules. Customers will also be required to leave their contact details so that they can be traced in case an outbreak occurs.
The managing director of parent company Signature Pubs, Nic Wood, said: “It’s very worrying how quiet Edinburgh city centre, the Grassmarket, is at the moment. “Trying to persuade people to come back when they have been told to stay at home and not to socialise is the biggest job by far to overcome.”
Customers will be required to make a reservation to secure a table in their outdoor dining at the Cold Town House in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.