21 May 2020

Restrictions to start being lifted in Scotland

Garden centres will be allowed to reopen in Scotland from next week under the first phase of restrictions being eased.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today that garden centres and recycling facilities will allowed to reopen, and outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, tennis and bowls will be permitted again from May 28. Outdoor work such as agriculture and forestry will also be allowed to recommence.

However, other retail outlets will have to remain shut until a later phase of the restriction easing.

Andrew Goodacre, Bira's CEO, said: "We are pleased to see some of the restrictions being lifted.

"However, retail needs to see more detail on the timelines for the next phases. It takes time to open a store after having been closed for several weeks and we see no reason why a more specific timescale cannot be given.

"We have learned from the retailers who have traded through the crisis, and all retailers know what they need to do to protect employees and customers, and should be trusted to do so.

"Another week closed is another week closer to business failure."

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