Licensing Standards Newsletter July 2021

Easing of Restrictions, where are we now?

 Protection Level 0 The country moved to Protection Level 0 on 19th July. Licensed premises can admit social groups of up to 10 people from 4 households indoors and up to 15 people from 15 households outdoors. Social distancing has been reduced to 1 metre and table service and face coverings remain mandatory.  Premises can remain open indoors and outdoors until midnight.

The next milestone will be announced to the Scottish Parliament by the First Minister on 2nd August with any further easing taking effect on 9th August.


Community Testing

Community Testing – Find out how to get tested.  Testing is key to stopping Covid 19 and 1 in 3 people with coronavirus don't show any symptoms.


Continuation of Planning Relaxation for Temporary Outdoor Structures

The ‘Grace Period for outdoor areas continues until 31st March 2022It is recommended that licensees who currently have temporary structures erected in their outdoor areas take note of this update and consider taking steps to make application if looking to retain structures beyond the deadline date above.

For further information or advice please contact the Councils Planning & Building Standards team on 01546-605518 


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 the statutory 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

Covid-19 Vaccine (You Tube Video) - people aged between 18 and 49 are being encouraged to roll up their sleeve and get their jag as soon as they're offered it.

Order lateral flow tests – lateral flow tests are now available to order for free.

Health & Safety Executive – short video on requirement for Covid-19 Risk Assessments for business premises

Food Standards Scotland – risk assessment for food businesses

Visit Scotland Advice – current information for the Tourism and Hospitality sector

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

’Smishing:’ Beware of delivery scams – ‘Smishing’ is a text claiming to be from a delivery company inviting you to track your parcel and is a malware scam targeting mobile phones warns OFCOM.


Further Licensing 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.