Licensing Standards Special Newsletter June 2021

UEFA Euro Championship 2020 - 11th June to 11th July 2021

This is a special newsletter aimed at assisting those licensed premises considering televising football matches during the period of the UEFA Euro Championship 2020 tournament, so as to maintain a safe and inviting environment for staff and customers while abiding by Covid-19 restrictions. 

Protection Levels

Please refer to Hospitality Sector Guidance for the Scottish Government overview.

Protection Level 1 (Hospitality)

Mainland Argyll and Bute is currently in Protection Level 1 where restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars can open indoors until 2300 and outdoors within local licensing conditions for the consumption of food and alcoholic drinks. 

Protection Level 0 (Hospitality)

Argyll and Bute islands of Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva are currently in Protection Level 0 where local licensing conditions apply for operating hours.

*Argyll and Bute Licensing Board policy for outdoors terminal hour is 22:00 for persons aged 18 years and over and 20:00 for children and young persons.

These levels will be reviewed by the Scottish Government during the period of the tournament on 27th June and may be subject to change.

Advice for Licensees

Ventilation - where possible, keep windows and doors open to allow fresh air to circulate.

Noise - make sure you've carried out and documented your sound level setting exercise for the venue as outlined in Scottish Government Hospitality Guidance.

Distancing - ensure that measures are in place to maintain distancing between households and groups whilst on the premises.  Manage the demand for toilets at peak periods i.e. half-time.

Table service - Customers cannot queue at the bar for service, arrangements require to be in place for table service.

Face Coverings - to be worn at all times by front room staff and by customers other than when seated at a table.

Test and Protectcustomer details require to be retained for test and protect purposes.  Where possible, details for all customers should be recorded.  If using the Check-In Scotland App make sure the QR Code is clearly visible to all patrons.

Capacity - Ensure that you're venue does not exceed the Covid-19 physical distancing based capacity.

Stewarding- ensure that stewards are available as required and that they are aware of the Covid procedures that have to be followed.

General - Watching football can be an emotional experience and it is recognised that fans will want to celebrate together when goals are scored and unfortunately covid-19 mitigations cannot override human behaviour. However, you should ensure that all other mitigations are in place and that consideration has been given to what steps will be taken in the event of unruly patrons on match days.

Monitoring visits - there is a possibility that the Councils authorised  Regulatory Services officers, including Licensing Standards Officers, will visit your premises to review the arrangements you have put into place during the EUROS football matches to ensure that you are providing a COVID safe environment  This may include an examination of your updated your Covid 19 risk assessment.

Outcome - It is hoped that through implementation of control measures we can continue to work together to control Covid transmission, to provide safe environment for you and your customers to enjoy the EUROS,  and ensure Argyll and Bute can move safely to the next stages of the route map.

Further Information

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association has provided a handy guide for licensees who are showing the Euro 2020 football matches in 2021.


You can contact licensing standards 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.