COVID-19: Tourism and Golf

COVID 19 - Tourism and Golf Business Support

Scottish Government

A new system of local protection levels have been introduced.

From Friday 11 December, Angus is in Tier 2. Find out what this means for residents and businesses.

From Saturday 26 December for a period of 3 weeks, all of mainland Scotland will be under Tier 4 restrictions. Find out what this means for residents and businesses.

View the tourism and hospitality sector guidance published by Scottish Government.


Get Tourism Ready – View the advice and support for tourism and hospitality businesses.

Good to Go – VisitScotland has worked with Tourism Northern Ireland, VisitEngland and VisitWales to develop a new UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide confidence for visitors, communities and tourism businesses alike – as the sector works towards reopening.

Virtual events – View the advice to help plan and manage virtual events.

Marketing campaign – VisitScotland has launched a marketing campaign with a new film welcoming back Scottish tourism and reminding us what a beautiful country we have right on our doorsteps.

They have also outlined five simple actions that Scots can take to help restart the visitor economy, including taking a trip, eating out and booking a staycation.

VisitScotland have published facebook events for each region, including Dundee & Angus, to encourage people to visit the area and allow businesses to post in the event that they are open to welcome visitors. This approach will help support businesses by giving them somewhere on the VisitScotland Facebook page to advertise and give them a bigger platform to reach people. For consumers, this is a place they can show commitment to visiting that region, see what is open and ask any questions. Get involved by clicking ‘going’ on the event page, write a post about your business and share with your followers.

Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group

The Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) is working hard to help tourism businesses to recover from this unprecedented situation.

The group, which consists of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA); VisitScotland (VS); COSLA; the three Enterprise Agencies – Scottish Enterprise (SE), South of Scotland Enterprise (SoSE), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE); Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the Scottish Government (SG), has been working on a single, joined-up, phased plan to not just combat the current issues but also look at how the industry could effectively recover once the lockdown is eased.

Find out more and download the STERG National Action Plan.

COVID-19 Business Support helpline

A helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19 is now live, and will be open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.30pm. The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660 – callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team.

VisitScotland provides the latest information and advice for tourism businesses. 

EventScotland has developed guidance for event organisers in Scotland, featuring the latest advice from the UK and Scottish Governments and health organisations.

 The Scottish Tourism Alliance has created a regular  email newsletter on Coronavirus, which is free for both non-members and members. Sign up to receive the enewsletter.

Scottish Enterprise has business continuity advice available for the tourism sector.

Sign up to the Invest in Angus tourism enewsletter where you will get information on industry news, events, opportunities and data and insights.

Visit Angus

As we welcome visitors back to Angus, we are keen to ensure that the Visit Angus website is accurate and up to date. Please get in touch to let us know if your Visit Angus listing needs to be updated. We have also added some useful tips to the website to help visitors plan their trip safely.

See the Visit Angus Marketing Toolkit for details of our communications plan, assets available for businesses and campaigns you can get involved in.

VAT Reduction

VAT registered businesses can apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to hospitality, hotel and holiday accommodation and admissions to certain attractions. The temporarily reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021.

Find out more about the VAT reduction.

Join the Angus Tourism Cooperative

The Angus Tourism Cooperative is comprised of Angus businesses whose aim is to work together to improve the tourism offer in Angus and to promote the area as a visitor destination, resulting in economic growth. The ATC provides one voice for tourism businesses, a forum to share views and experiences, and the opportunity to network, collaborate and develop the skills of members. The fee to join (normally £25) for 2020 is being waived, to help businesses recover from the effects of closure due to Covid-19.

If you are interested in joining, simply either complete and submit the online membership form, or download the PDF membership form, fill it in and send to

R&A COVID-19 Support Fund

Funded by the R&A, £685,000 has been made available to Scottish Golf to help affiliated clubs who have been affected financially by COVID-19. Two funds have been set up:

COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant

The COVID-19 Fixed Costs Grant will enable every affiliated club in Scotland to apply for a maximum of £500 for fixed costs specifically associated with preparing for safe play and club/course management following the COVID-19 lockdown in early March 2020.

Club Relief Fund

The Club Relief Fund has been created to provide financial support to clubs who have been impacted by the pandemic. This fund is concentrated on enabling clubs to reinstate or to increase expenditure in key areas to either improve member experience or boost income generation potential.

The application process for both funds will open on Monday 29th June and will close on Friday 24th July.

Read further information and to apply, visit the Scottish Golf website. 

Health and Safety Executive 

HSE has published a guide to working safely during the coronavirus. The guidance covers:

  1. Risk assessment
  2. Talking to workers and provide information
  3. Working from home
  4. Making your workplace ‘COVID secure’
  5. Protecting vulnerable workers
  6. Cleaning, hygiene and hand sanitiser
  7. Where to get further help