Wed 31 Mar 21
Today Scotland's First Minister announced the "stay at home" order in Scotland will be lifted as planned on Friday and replaced with "stay local" asking everyone to remain within their local authority boundaries except for essential journeys.
Ms Sturgeon also said she hoped to confirm further changes in three weeks time, with more easing of restrictions due to take place from April 26.
The STA is seeking urgent clarification on a number of areas in relation to the island situation, UK travel and updated sector guidance. We continue to have regular communication with the island community and businesses on the following issues.
The STA has requested that the Scottish Government urgently share what decision has been reached regarding the islands, citing that many tourism businesses are experiencing cancellations and customers are hesitating to book due to the uncertainty.
Clarity and guidance around sector reopening
The STA formally requested a timetable for the publication of the updated guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses.
Response from the Scottish Government -
“The Scottish Government are currently updating guidance for the Tourism and Hospitality sectors. It is hoped this will be finalised and available to the sectors by mid-April to allow time for operators to absorb and plan for any changes in advance of reopening from 26 April. Many of the standard aspects of the current guidance will remain the same, such as physical distancing, face coverings, at seat service in hospitality and enhanced hygiene protocols. Safe operating practices will continue to be the subject of a risk based approach, with all premises required to revisit their covid risk assessments. This can be carried out now for the majority of ongoing mitigating measures and then reviewed in light of updated guidance when published. Further updates will be provided as soon as possible.”
We continue to push for an announcement of a firm date for when visitors from the rest of the UK will be permitted to visit and stay in Scotland.
We have again stated to government officials that the industry needs to know if cross border travel will be allowed from 26 April as soon as possible to allow businesses both to plan and if necessary to release or reschedule any bookings on hold.