9th July 2020

Commenting on Scotland moving to Phase 3 of the easing of lockdown restrictions as announced today by the First Minister (9th July), Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“Today’s confirmation by the First Minister that the country can now return to more normality will be very much welcomed by all, particularly businesses that are due to reopen and begin to build up their trade.

“Hospitality and tourism businesses now need time to plan therefore the exact detail around the mitigations they will be expected to put in place to safely reduce physical distancing to 1m from 2m is needed now.

“Our business communities across Scotland are eager and ready to get back to work in order to breathe life back into our economy and protect the livelihoods it supports. Businesses have invested heavily to comply with all health & safety regulations and government guidance. We are firmly open for business and would ask everyone to come out and support your local businesses.

“The next great challenge is now determining if consumer demand can be stimulated and maintained as government support measures taper off in the next few months.’’

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