What are the rules for pubs and restaurants in Scotland's tier 3 areas? Guidelines for visiting hospitality venues in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee

As local authorities across Scotland are placed under a new 5-tier lockdown programme, there are a number of rules and regulations which will now be applied to pubs, restaurants and cafes

Cafes, pubs and restaurants face various restrictions and regulations
Cafes, pubs and restaurants face various restrictions and regulations

With Scotland assuming a five tiered protection system from 6am on 2 November, people across the country have been urged by Nicola Sturgeon to familiarise themselves with what they can and cannot do.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be required to introduce a number of new safety measures and face restrictions on alcohol sales and households meeting on the premises, depending on what tier they fall into.

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Can hospitality venues open?

Pubs and restaurants affected by tier 3 regulations are allowed to open for the sale of food and non alcoholic drinks, until 6pm.

Last entry is 5pm and all customers must have left the premises and the venue must be closed by 6pm.

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How many can meet in hospitality venues?

In tier 3, six people can meet in hospitality venues from a maximum of two households.

Children under 12 are not included in the number of people and if one household has more than six people, they will still all be allowed to dine out together.

All children must still only be from two households.

Weddings, funerals, christening celebrations and wakes can be attended by 20 people, including the bride, groom, witnesses and guests.

Guests from different households are expected to keep two metres apart.

What to expect when dining

Customers in cafes, pubs and restaurants will be expected to remain at least one metre between other groups.

Two-metre distancing must continue in queues outside of venues and face covering must be worn when waiting outside and moving around inside any premises.

Bookings should be taken where possible and table service is not being enforced.

Increased hygiene measures, including the use of hand sanitiser, should also be practised by hospitality employees.

Scots are being asked to avoid visiting several places on one day, especially going between several bars or pubs.

Track and trace will continue to operate, with venues asking for names, addresses and contact details of households and the number of guests they are dining with.

This information will be held for 21 days to allow those who come into contact with others who have tested positive for coronavirus to be tracked and tested.

All venues will close for table service at 6pm, with the exception of hotel restaurants, which are permitted to serve food to customers who are residing at the hotel until 10pm.

Venues hosting a wedding or other similar party can serve alcohol to those attending the event, until 10pm.

What about takeaways?

Takeaways can continue as normal, with many restaurants who previously did not offer this service now utilising it as a way of continuing to serve customers.

Face covering and physical distancing must still take place, with deliveries also allowed to continue.

All venues will be expected to fully close, including for delivery services, by 10pm - according to the Scottish Government website.

What areas are in Tier 3?

The entire central belt has been placed into tier 3, the second highest levels of restrictions, including Dundee.

No one living in a Tier 3 area should travel to another local authority and visiting tier three areas from tier 1 or 2 areas has been advised against by the First Minister.

Local authorities in the central belt include: Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, East dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.