Commenting on the statement by the First Minister today (2nd July) where it was announced that the 2m physical distancing rule would be maintained generally but with exceptions for some sectors & settings and that face coverings will now be mandatory to wear in shops from the 10th of July, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Businesses in the hard-pressed retail, hospitality and tourism sectors will welcome this flexibility. Being able to reduce distances from 2m to 1m will mean more businesses can now start planning to re-open.

“Whilst this is a step in the right direction, we will need clarity and detail on the mitigations that businesses will be asked to implement. Ultimately, preventing the spread of the virus is everyone’s responsibility and we must work together to ensure the mitigations are practical and affordable for businesses. Anything short of that will result in further job losses.

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