Licensing Standards Newsletter - August 2020

This August Newsletter will reiterate ongoing information from Scottish Government and other sources in relation to roles and responsibilities in monitoring and suppressing Covid-19.

Coronavirus - Guidance available

Coronavirus – indoors spaces and social distancing

The Scottish Government has made clear that 2 metre distancing will remain the norm with 1 metre permitted where additional mitigation measures are in place.  following examples of mitigation measures have been given by the Scottish Government Guidance.  Each premises must have in place a risk assessment detailing safe operating measures -

  • No standing – all customers seated;
  • Face coverings by staff;
  • Clear systems for safe ordering and payments;
  • Clear systems for safe use of toilet facilities;
  • Use of screens between seating areas;
  • Good ventilation;
  • Good signage;
  • Reduced noise measures e.g. no background music, to reduce need for customers to shout; and
  • Clear messaging on need to provide contact details to support Test & Protect.

Coronavirus – Directions by Local Authorities

As of 28th August, The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Directions by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 provide for a local authority to give directions relating to specified premises, events and public outdoor places in its area in relation to preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the local authority’s area, and that the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by the direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.  Those directions may include – restrictions on individual premises  (including closure); on events; and on outdoor spaces, with failure to abide by such directions being an offence.

Scottish Business Resilience Centre – safe re-opening of businesses

The safe re-opening of small and micro businesses following the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is being supported by new guidance.  The publication provides practical advice for employers on the steps they need to take before and after re-opening.  Access the Scottish Government guidance here.

Coronavirus – Council Assistance

The council’s website provides information and support for local businesses and people in getting any help you might need in dealing with the consequences of COVID-19

That’s it for now

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Legal Advice

The Licensing Standards service does not provide legal advice or opinion and the above information should not be considered such.  Any legal advice or opinion on licensing matters should be obtained from a licensing solicitor.