We never thought we would ever have to write this headline but after seeing several media outlets share the news that UK Hotels are reopening on the 4th July, we felt compelled to.

Hotels in Scotland are only allowed to reopen from the 15th July, this is still a provisional date and we are still fighting for the 2m rule to be eased.

 

Some of our readers might not know, but the reason Hotel News Scotland was created was to allow hotels in the region to have a stronger voice and to be better represented by the Media.

 

Once again, we find ourselves in the awkward position of having to state the obvious and remind our fellow Media professionals that it is very important that facts and data are accurate when shared.

 

For most of us working in hospitality in the Scottish region, reading headlines such as 'UK hotels expected to reopen on July 4' and 'UK hotels and restaurants can open from July 4, 2020' mean that Scotland is under the exact same rules and regulations as the rest of the UK and allowed to reopen on the same date. 

 

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced further lockdown easing for England today and plans on allowing pubs, restaurants, museums and cinemas to begin re-opening.

Among today’s announcements was the news that the 2 metre social distancing rule will be reduced to ‘1 metre plus’ as a result of the recent review of the measure, signalling the green light for major parts of the tourism and hospitality industry south of the border to reopen.

Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance responded to today’s announcement saying;

“The Prime Minister’s announcement on the easing of the 2 metre physical distance rule will offer a huge comfort to thousands of tourism businesses south of the border which quite simply would have been unable to operate in an economically viable way if this rule was to remain in place.  From 4 July, England’s tourism industry is back open for business and with that in mind, I would imagine many Scots are now turning thoughts to holidaying there. It is absolutely vital that the review of the 2 metre rule in Scotland is completed as expediently as possible to offer Scotland’s tourism industry the lifeline it so badly needs to get all of our sectors up and running as safely and quickly as possible and give Scots the option of holidaying here.  Businesses urgently need a definitive decision and our entire sector is pinning hopes on Scotland’s First Minister following suit with similar announcement as soon as is possible.”

 

We thank everyone supporting the region to achieve the same outcome and we hope that we never have to write a similar headline again.

 

Hotel News Scotland

 


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