Commenting on the publication of the latest catering guidance by the Scottish Government, James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the HTA said:
"Having only published the latest Scottish catering guidance halfway through the day it was due to start, the Scottish Government’s approach is deeply worrying for garden centres. It takes a broad-brush approach – on queues and table-service - focused strongly on the evening trade. It doesn’t reflect the different types of catering establishments and robust COVID procedures put in place at garden centre cafes and restaurants.
"For a sector that has only just reopened, table service will mean extra staffing costs, making it more difficult for garden centres to recover from the economic impacts of COVID.
"We have immediately raised our concerns with Scottish Government officials and will continue to do so, making the case for garden centres and how more tailored COVID catering guidance should be implemented”.