Published: Friday, 9th October 2020
Along with Police Scotland and NHS Borders we are urging everyone to follow the new restrictions when visiting pubs and restaurants.
From 6pm on Friday 9 October indoor hospitality venues can only operate between 6am-6pm daily, selling food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Outdoor bars, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to remain open up until 10pm and can sell alcohol up to that time.
The new measures, introduced by the Scottish Government, are designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and will be in place until Sunday 25 October inclusive.
Other guidelines still in place
Existing rules remain in force in terms of how many people you can meet up with in these settings. No more than six people from up to two different households should meet at a time.
You should also still wear a face covering when moving around and supply your contact details for Test and Protect purposes.
Table service is advised in all settings and front of house hospitality staff should be wearing face coverings.
Councillor John Greenwell, Chair of Scottish Borders Licensing board
"All of these measures are in place to ensure we are doing as much as we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 while still being able to visit a restaurant or a pub. Everyone must play their part and follow these steps.
“The majority of premises in our local hospitality industry have done a great job to ensure they are operating as safely as possible during the coronavirus outbreak. I know these new restrictions will bring challenges for many of them but they are vital as we try to beat this virus.
"Scottish Borders Council Environmental Health staff, supported by Police Scotland, will be carrying out unannounced visits to premises across the region over the coming weeks to ensure there is compliance.
"Any pub or restaurant not following these guidelines will be subject to further action."
Chief Inspector Stuart Reid, Police Scotland
"Officers will be highly visible in communities over the weekend to engage with the public, explain the new advice, guidance and restrictions and encourage people to do the right thing.
“From the start of this pandemic, the people of Scotland have demonstrated impressive personal responsibility. They know that following the advice and adhering to the rules is the best way to combat the spread of coronavirus.
“These significant restrictions on our freedoms do not affect everyone equally and the Chief Constable has been clear from the outset that constables will exercise the discretion of their office to work with our fellow citizens in a collective effort to protect lives.
“The Police Service of Scotland will continue to work with courtesy, compassion and common sense to help keep people safe.”
Dr Keith Allan, NHS Borders’ Associate Director of Public Health
“Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the Borders, and these measures have been put in place to help prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus.
“If you are going into a hospitality setting please follow all the guidance, ensure that you give your contact details for tracing purposes, and remember FACTS: Face coverings in enclosed spaces; Avoid crowded places; Clean hands and surfaces regularly; Two metre distancing; and Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.”