Shopping, eating and drinking out
When will shops reopen?
All street-access retail and outdoor markets can reopen with physical distancing, and subject to relevant guidance. The wearing of face coverings for customers in shops will become mandatory from 10 July. For staff, many will also have to wear masks when customers are in the shop unless there are other protective measures in place such as Perspex screens. Read guidance for retail customers.
What about shopping centres?
From 13 July non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open provided that they following the relevant guidance. This means that from this date the entire retail sector in Scotland is able to reopen.
Do I have to wear a face covering when I go shopping?
From 10 July face coverings are mandatory in retail settings. It will apply to all shoppers and staff, although there will be some exemptions – for example for customers who have particular health conditions, children under 5 and temporary removal to comply with a request from staff for age-related sales. Read guidance for retail customers.
Do retail staff have to wear face coverings?
Yes. From 10 July face coverings are mandatory in retail settings for shoppers and staff. There are some exemptions including for staff predominantly working in areas not visited by customers including stock rooms and in customer-facing areas where there is 2 metre physical distancing or a partition such as a Perspex screen between customers and staff. Read guidance for retail staff.
What is a face covering?
A face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. Read more about face coverings and exemptions.
Do children require face coverings?
Yes, all children should wear face covering except for children under five. Read more about face coverings and exemptions.
What are the rules on 2 metre physical distancing in shops?
General advice on physical distancing is unchanged and the recommendation is still that you remain 2 metres away from people when you meet them. From 10 July an exemption will be made to the requirement for 2 metre physical distancing in the retail sector subject to strict conditions. Appropriate mitigations include improved ventilation, face coverings, provision of hand sanitising facilities, plans for regulating the flow of customers and seating plans which reduce the risk of different households transmitting the infection to each other. Information for the public should make clear when they are entering a 1 metre zone.
When can pubs and restaurants reopen?
Outdoor hospitality, such as pavement cafes and beer gardens re-opened from 6 July. Indoor restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to reopen on 15 July depending on them following the appropriate guidance on distancing. Outdoor and indoor hospitality venues can be granted an exemption to the 2 metre distancing requirement from 15 July dependent on additional mitigating measures being in place. Read more about the exemption to 1m for hospitality.
What are the rules on 2m physical distancing in pubs and restaurants?
General advice on physical distancing is unchanged and the recommendation is still that you remain 2 metres away from people when you meet them. From 15 July outdoor and indoor hospitality venues can be granted an exemption from the 2 metre distancing requirement. However this exemption is dependent on additional mitigating measures being in place highlighted in new guidance. Read more about the exemption to 1m for hospitality.