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World-famous Applecross Inn has made a decision on facemasks and table bookings saying 'we want to remain open'

By Louise Glen

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Applecross Inn.
Applecross Inn.

While changes have come into force in English legislation on so-called freedom day, the staff at a world-famous Highland inn has been unequivocal in its message to customers.

The Applecross Inn, a highlight of any North Coast 500 tour or visit to the west coast due to its location at the end of the Bealach-na-Ba, wants customers to keep wearing facemasks, and booking tables before they arrive.

While the English rules may have changed, in Scotland – while it may have moved into level 0 – it is still mandatory to wear a facemask in a public place such as restaurants and in supermarkets.

On social media, the inn's management put up a post titling it "because we want to remain open".

It continued: "Our choice here at the Applecross inn is to remain 'as we are'.

That means: "Masks inside at all times if not seated.

"We have a tiny footprint.

The Bealach na Ba mountain pass road at Applecross in the Highlands of Scotland
The Bealach na Ba mountain pass road at Applecross in the Highlands of Scotland

"Table bookings for meals: please book online where possible - we are very busy and not always able to answer the phone or reply to Facebook messages."

Changing its normal operating hours, it said it would now be closed on Tuesday, except for residents.

It continued: "Our choice is due to the protection and care of our few but fantastic hard working staff.

"Please be kind and respect this."
They added: "Thank you and see you soon."

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