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New laws for bars and restaurants as Sturgeon warns against pub crawls
Shetland’s pubs, cafes and restaurants are now required by law to take customers’ contact details.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a range of new measures today (Friday) for the Scottish hospitality sector in a bid to improve compliance and reduce transmission of Covid-19.
Business had already been required to take customer details as part of the guidelines introduced when the sector reopened last month.
Ms Sturgeon said that while most had complied, some had not.
“Now it’s the law,” she said.
“It’s essential to ensure test and protect can function as effectively as possible.
“If customers refuse to provide these details, they should not be served.”
Other statutory guidelines have been introduced banning indoor queues and people standing together at bars.
Venues have been asked to review their layouts to ensure people can keep one meter apart.
Ms Sturgeon also reminded people they should not be meeting with groups of more than eight or from more than three households.
“If larger gatherings are seen forming in bars or restaurants, then they should be challenged,” she said.
Hospitality staff should now wear face coverings rather than visors, due to updated evidence on their effectiveness.
Background music, including televisions, has also been banned to ensure people do not have to shout which increases transmission risk.
Ms Sturgeon said the rules were “vital” to ensure the sector can remain open now and into winter.
She also called on people the minimise the number of premises they visit in a singe day.
“The more settings you go to the more likely you might be to get Covid and the more likely you are to spread it,” she said.
“Visiting lots of pubs in a single day or evening massively increases the potential workload for test and protect.”
She said people should consider whether they were going out a lot at the moment .
“Nobody’s life should be feeling absolutely normal right now,” she said.
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Shetland folk returning from France and Holland will need to quarantine
Folk returning to Shetland from France and Holland will need to quarantine for 14 days after new travel restrictions were introduced.
The Scottish and UK governments announced yesterday that the countries had been removed from the list of destinations exempt from quarantine requirements.
It follows an increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases – and is intended to reduce the risk of transmission.
The measures come into effect from 4am tomorrow (Saturday).
Aruba, Turks and Caicos, Malta and Monaco will also be removed from the exemption list.
Justice secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We have always been clear we are closely monitoring the situation in all countries and that we may need to take action to remove a country from the list of places exempt from quarantine requirements should the virus show a resurgence.
“These are not decisions which we take lightly but on the basis of the evidence it is important that we take action to suppress transmission of the virus and protect public health.”
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Axel out on duty in Lerwick
Dogs Against Drugs handler Michael Coutts and his canine companion Axel were out and about in Lerwick on Thursday morning.
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