Covid Prevention Measures

Updated 18 Oct 2021

As we hopefully begin to reach some sort of normality we appreciate that this is a difficult time as people are unsure what is expected of them when they visit a hospitality venue. Some bars have lifted all restrictions whereas others are keeping them in place; some will allow customers to stand at the bar whereas other venues are keeping their ‘seating only’ policy for the time being. Our first priority at the Thistle Street Bar is still to keep our customers and bar team as safe as possible. We have therefore retained the following safety measures to help achieve us achieve that we appreciate your support in helping us.

Checking in using the Check In Scotland App

Covid is still with us and everyone must continue to check into a hospitality venue. The easiest way to do this is to use the Scottish Government Check In Scotland app which is available free on iPhone and Android. Just preload it on your phone before you arrive to save you time and aim your camera at the QR code at our door or on our tables. 

Checking in Manually

If you don’t have access to the Check In Scotland App or phone camera we can take your details manually. The details we record are your name, contact telephone number long with your arrival and departure times. Rest assured your details will not be used for marketing purposes. At the end of each day all manually recorded details are held safely under lock and key and shredded after 21 days.   

Checking out

When using the Check In Scotland app to check in you simply need to press the check-out button on the app when you leave the bar. If you checked in manually, we will record the time you leave. 

Masks and face coverings

At the Thistle, customers may now order their drinks at the bar before taking their table. As a result, our bartenders come face to face with hundreds of different customers a week which means they potentially have a higher risk of catching Covid than people in many other industries. For your safety, our bar team will continue to wear face coverings on duty (which can be up to 12 hours a day), unless they are behind a bar screen. We politely ask our customers to help protect them too by wearing a mask or face covering when approaching the bar or moving around the premises. Thank you.

Social distancing

Coronavirus spreads most rapidly when people are in close contact with a carrier. Although many venues may have dispensed with social distancing we kindly ask our customers to still allow at least 1 metre space between them and our staff and other customers who are not in your group.  We also have a screen in place to separate the tables in front of the bar. These can be removed if both tables are taken by the same party.

Hand Sanitisers

We have a wall-mounted hand sanitiser on entry and others throughout the bar.


As protocols change regularly, please keep an eye on this page for updates. Thanks again for your support.

Robert Shepherd


Thistle Street Bar

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