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28/09/2020

Rule of One Household Coverage

There has been significant press coverage over the past few days after the Scottish Government’s announcement of further restrictions to social gatherings, excluding the self-catering sector from the Rule of Six down to only one household. This followed the Scottish Government’s u-turn on its position regarding self-catering and its inclusion in the cap on the number of households that can meet:

Times, Tour operators at risk of losing £100m in revenue, 29/09/20

BBC, Covid in Scotland: Household mixing rules at holiday lets ‘confusing’, 25/09/20

Telegraph, Backlash after SNP ministers include self-catering accommodation in ban on visiting other households, 24/09/20

Daily Business, Call for rethink over minister’s self-catering ban, 24/09/20

Letting Agent Today, Rents to dip next year, warns leading lettings agency, 28/09/20

Times, Coronavirus in Scotland: Self-catering industry faces £70m collapse, 26/09/20

Short Term Rentalz, ASSC criticises Scottish household mixing rules, 25/09/20

Sports Grind Entertainment, Backlash after SNP ministers include self-catering accommodation in ban on visiting other households, 25/09/20

The Highland Times, New Covid Measures Will Cut The Legs From Under Stalking Businesses, 25/09/20

Inverness Courier, Consistent approach needed to coronavirus restrictions for Scottish and Highland accommodation businesses, say sporting organisations, 24/09/20

Travel Daily News, Huge blow to Scottish tourism from new COVID rules, 24/09/20

Parliamentary Questions asked:

S5W-32109: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/09/2020

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason, and based on what evidence, it changed its tourism guidance on 23 September 2020 to disallow two households with less than six adults from staying in self-catering accommodation.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 26/10/2020

S5W-32137: Oliver Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2020

To ask the Scottish Government what support it will provide to the tourism sector, in light of the impact of the revised COVID-19 household restrictions for self-catering businesses.
Current Status: Expected Answer date 27/10/2020

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