Licensing Standards Newsletter January 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 29th January)

Strategic Framework - sets out a strategic approach to suppress the virus to the lowest possible level and keep it there, while striving to return to a more normal life for as many people as possible.

Further restrictions to bring down Covid 19: The Scottish Government has announced further lockdown restrictions effective from 17th January to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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.

Test and Protect - Check in Scotland Scheme is a way to collect the contact details of people who visit hospitality businesses, such as pub, bars, restaurants and cafes, that's designed to work with NHS Scotland's Test and Protect.  One way of making sure you collect people's details is by displaying a Check In Scotland QR code poster at your venue, and asking anyone who visits to scan this QR code when they arrive.  

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 and 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.