October 27, 2021

Glasgow COP26: ‘Finding the Balance’ Between Helping Businesses and Handling Covid.

Glasgow will try to find a “difficult balance” between COP26 and “help grow the business” and prevent the spread of Covid 19.

The city’s licensing board will decide whether to extend trade hours during the UN climate conference next week.

An estimated 30,000 delegates are expected to arrive in Glasgow on October 31 for the key summit. Council Working with organizers to support the movement of visitors in the city.

Dennis Hamilton, from the council’s neighborhood and sustainability team, said he hopes the event will benefit our hospitality and licensed business.

Addressing a meeting of the local licensing forum, he said the city was working on a coded protocol to support the movement of delegates.

“It’s about balancing the security of the city and the city benefiting from the influx of people who want to enjoy our hospitality and shops.

“This work is still ongoing, it is not over, and we will return to the business to discuss whether it is appropriate what we are proposing.”

The Council Officer added: “All the rules and regulations in Glasgow will apply in Glasgow and better measures will be taken to deal with delegates traveling from other countries.”

“We want to benefit from having a COP in Glasgow, but we also want our businesses and homes not to be at risk.”

COP26 will be on the SEC campus from October 31 to November 12.

Ms Hamilton said the British government had received “significant plans”, including a daily inspection of delegates. Vaccination and quarantine protocols are also being finalized.

He said work was underway on a protocol to support the movement of delegates in the city.

Visitors will receive a pre-arrival pack that will “advise on the correct steps and protocols if they are leaving the event campus.”

Nightclub owner Donald McLeod, who presided over the forum, said he was concerned that visitors “would not be able to bring the protocol into the city and that it would be detrimental to businesses.”

“30,000 delegates are coming here. We all want to take advantage of that. I’m sure the whole city wants to be like that.”

Ms Hamilton said: “We can’t let them move freely, we need to make sure there are some controls and how we work on it, in a conference with people in mind.

“We’ve all been to conferences and we all know how hard it is to keep people in their hotel rooms, so it’s a balance and it’s difficult.

“We also want the city to keep bouncing during the COP, we want businesses to grow during the COP, so it’s a difficult balance.”

A report will be submitted to the city’s licensing board next Friday on whether to extend the licensing hours in general in connection with a “special event of national importance.”

The Board may choose to apply the extension to all premises and premises that meet certain criteria.

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