Bacta’s response to today’s statement by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

13th July 2021 – Press Release


First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, this afternoon confirmed further details about Scotland’s plans. The whole country will move to Level 0 on July 19th but there are modifications to the plans given previously. Of note, she said there will be a requirement to wear face masks for some time into the future. Hospitality will see Social Distancing fall from 2 metres to 1 metre between groups.


Customers will still be required to be seated and provide Test and Protect details.  Pubs will have to close at midnight (currently 11.00 p.m.) but there will be no need to book a two hour slot.  More generally the FM is still encouraging people to work from home if they can.  The expectation is still for Scotland to drop all legal restrictions on August 9th.  The First Minister’s statement can be read here

John White, CEO of bacta said, “We welcome the relaxation but we are disappointed for our members that the First Minister has not been able to go further in reducing restrictions for hospitality, where any social distancing and continuing table service will continue to hit machine income.”


About Bacta

Bacta represents the owners and operators of over-18 amusement centres (AGCs), seaside amusement arcades, and the companies that hire machines to pubs, clubs, bowling alleys, bingo halls and similar venues.  It also represents the manufacturers and distributors of all types of gaming machines and amusement equipment ranging from children’s rides, to jukeboxes, fruit machines in pubs and clubs, redemption machines, crane grabbers, penny falls, tuppeny nudgers, test your strength machines, videos, and pool tables.


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