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Update 3 November 2020

West Dunbartonshire placed in Tier 3.

What does this mean for licensed premises?

  • Premises with a food offering can open, for the sale of food only, until 6pm.
  • Last entry to the premises must be 5pm.
  • Premises may open for Funerals and Weddings – premises wishing to do so should email with details of the event, such as date, times, person booking the event, name of bride and groom, name of deceased.


In tier 3, the following guidance applies to hotels:

  • Open – socialising and hospitality rules detailed above apply
  • Guidance advises non-essential (leisure/tourism) use only by locals
  • Essential, e.g. work-related use can continue


Eating and drinking while seated at tables is required.

Takeaways permitted for alcohol and food, as per existing arrangements where the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises is permitted.

Exceptions (e.g., hospitals, schools, student accommodation, airside premises, and hotel room service and meals for residents) apply at all levels.

Update 8 October 2020

Following the announcement yesterday that certain on sales premises have to close, the Scottish Government has produced guidance which can be found at the following link:

Any enquiries should be emailed to

Update - 25 September

As from 25 September pubs, restaurants and all hospitality settings will be required to close at 10pm. For the avoidance of doubt this means that all patrons must vacate the premises by 10pm. This is in addition to the previous guidance issued.

The 10pm closure of premises also applies to takeaway premises with the exception of food collected via an established drive thru. Home deliveries of food and non-alcoholic drinks will still be allowed after 10pm.

Update - 10 September 2020

As of Monday 14th September 2020 only 6 persons from 2 households are permitted to meet up. This applies to both indoor premises and outdoor areas too. This applies to all on-sales premises.

Update - 14 August 2020

On Friday 14 August 2020 the Scottish Government released further instructions to the hospitality trade which detailed further measures deemed necessary to prevent against the spread of Coronavirus.

This guidance gives updated details on the following points:

  • Noise control - no background music and televisions on mute and sub-titled
  • Noise control: loud behaviour
  • Queue management
  • Mandatory collection of customer/visitor contact details to support Test and Protect

The updated guidance can be viewed in full on the Scottish Government Website.

This new guidance is to be read in line with the existing guidance, which covers the following topics:

  • Physical distancing, capacity management and no crowding
  • One metre zone signage
  • Management of toilet facilities
  • Limits to households mixing indoors and outdoors
  • Table service with no standing/all customers seated
  • Face coverings for staff
  • Improved ventilation
  • Adequate provision of key information and training for staff

Licensing Premises operators should also be aware of the Scottish Governments Regulations in relation to the collection of customer/visitor data, which were also introduced on 14 August 2020. These regulations can be found on the Legislation Website.

Finally, all previous advice and guidance given on this page has been archived and can be found on the Licensing - Previous Guidance Notes page.