Bruce Crawford MSP has welcomed further Scottish Government action to support the hospitality industry, through a temporary relaxation of planning regulations to allow for adequate physical distancing measures.

Areas such as public footpaths may be used for seating, and could also include structures such as open-sided gazebos.

Whilst local authorities remain responsible for planning, the Scottish Government has also produced guidance to local licensing boards about how to pragmatically respond to requests to use outdoor space for the sale of alcohol.

Bruce Crawford MSP said:

‘Stirling’s hospitality sector is a vital part of our local economy, and has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This temporary relaxation in planning regulations will give business owners an extra boost, and help them ensure their premises comply with necessary physical distancing requirements.

‘Whilst we must tread carefully, Stirling and Scotland as a whole have made tremendous progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic by following the necessary public health guidance. Businesses deserve as much assistance as possible to adapt to the new normal and secure the safety of their staff and customers.’