Scottish arcades and FECs may be able to return to business on 15 July, subject to the success of wider measures to facilitate a restart to the country’s tourism industry.
Tourism minister Fergus Ewing told MSPs on 10 June that providing an “indicative” date could help businesses “start on the long road back to sustainability and growth.”
“Businesses should start to prepare for a provisional return to trading – with appropriate safety guidelines – on 15 July,” said Ewing. “This date cannot be definitive and is conditional on public health advice and progression to phase three of the route map.”
“Businesses must now use this time to satisfy the necessary regulations and adapt to the new way of living.”
Though the date is changeable, arcades will now be expected to invest in additional safety measures prior to reopening, with Ewing adding “we hope we will be able to give the go ahead to the sector at the 9 July review.”