Licensing Standards Newsletter February 2021

Priority will be given to ongoing information from Scottish Government and other sources in relation to roles and responsibilities in monitoring and suppressing Covid-19. 

Scottish Government News (as at 24th February)

Strategic Framework: Updated after First Minister’s speech to the Scottish Parliament on 23rd February and includes ‘Scotland’s Strategic Framework Update’ document in downloadable form.

Restrictions to bring down Covid 19: Current restrictions continue meantime.  The reopening of Scotland's economy - including shops, bars, restaurants, gyms and hairdressers - is expected to start from 26 April.

Protection Levels  mainland Scotland remains at Protection Level 4 (Stay at Home).The Argyll and Bute islands of Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree, and Ulva are in Level 3.

Support is available if you are required by law to close or modify your business.

More financial support for businesses - brewers are among businesses set to benefit from £7.3 million support from the Scottish Government.

Environmental Health

Our Environmental Health team leads the Council’s response to Covid 19 and continues to seek the co-operation of business and the public by remembering the following:

Test & Protect a mandatory requirement on businesses to take the details of customers;

Protect Scotland App – businesses urged to promote the app in the collection of details;

Face Coverings– are required by staff and customers.

Other Covid 19 Guidance and Assistance

Food Standards Scotland – risk assessment for food businesses

Visit Scotland Advice – updated 5th January

Job Support Scheme– Gov.UK Factsheet

Ready Scotland - stay safe, get help, and help others during COVID-19

Covid 19- help and assistance from Argyll and Bute Council

Other Local Information

Personal Licence – refresher training and mandatory 10 year renewals

Personal licence– accredited trainers

Licensing Board– meetings during 2021


You can contact licensing standards or the Licensing Board team for further information.


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.