Coronavirus: Pubs and restaurants set for restrictions update

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Published on 20 Oct 2020, 12:10
The First Minister will update the country on restrictions for the hospitality sector on Wednesday.

Nicola Sturgeon said a decision on measures put in place to curb a rise in Covid cases will be made after a cabinet meeting.

Pubs and restaurants have been closed in the central belt, while elsewhere they have a curfew of 6pm and cannot sell alcohol indoors.

In health boards where premises have not been ordered to close, outdoor hospitality venues can serve alcohol until 10pm.

The restrictions are due to last until October 25 and were previously described as a “hammer blow” to the sector, which has taken a hit during the pandemic.

James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink said: “We all want to suppress the virus, but there is no getting away from the fact that this is a hammer blow to Scotland’s hospitality sector and the businesses that rely on it.”

He said, while the measures may be short-term, they are “targeted at businesses that are barely clinging on to survival.”

Sturgeon said on Tuesday: “I will be saying more tomorrow about the hospitality restrictions and I will be doing that after the cabinet meets tomorrow morning to take stock of the situation and decide on our next steps.”

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