Hospitality workers protest new Scottish restrictions

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the measures on Wednesday

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the measures on Wednesday

Last-minute changes to tough new lockdown restrictions in Scotland to exempt some cafes have created a "lack of clarity", Scotland's First Minister has conceded.

Across the rest of Scotland, outside the central belt, pubs and restaurants can open, but a 6pm curfew will be put in place, and no alcohol can be sold inside.

Scottish restaurateurs are thoroughly confused by the prime minister Nicola Sturgeonin on Wednesday's announcement that restaurants and bars will have to close their doors for 16 days today, Friday from 6 p.m.

Addressing the nation regarding the current upward trend in cases of coronavirus, the Scottish National Party leader explained that all hospitality venues must stop serving alcoholic drinks until 25 October at the earliest.

Ms Sturgeon said: "I don't want to be doing any of this, but like countries all over the world right now, these are unavoidable decisions to try to get and keep this virus under control".

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She admitted there had been a "lack of clarity" about which businesses could remain open but advised those unsure if they met the definition of cafe to close.

"We are determined - if at all possible - that this will continue to be the case". We are not closing schools. Food can only being served indoors until 6pm and all alcohol will be able to be sold outside only, up until 10pm, the Scottish government said. She added that in hospitality you're on zero hours contracts or minimum wages.

Nicola Sturgeon said the new restrictions would apply nationwide, with additional limits on licensed premises in the central belt.

The First Minister told the briefing: "Government, all governments, are trying to strike right now nearly impossible balances between lives and jobs".

"We're trying to do it as best we can".

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Ms Sturgeon's evidence, dated August 4, outlines a meeting with Mr Salmond's former aide on March 29 2018, despite the SNP leader having claimed that she first learned of the complaints against Mr Salmond four days later at a meeting with him at her home in Glasgow - Ms Sturgeon had agreed to meet the former SNP leader, believing he might be about to quit the party.

Emma McClarkin, the CEO of the SBPA said, "These harsh new restrictions will deliver a knockout blow for many of Scotland's much-loved pubs and the communities they serve".

The total number of deaths of people who have tested positive for Covid stands at 2533, with the number of deaths linked to Covid now at 4276. Of these patients, 33 are in intensive care - up by two.

Sturgeon argued that the measures were "not easy", but "essential" as there were "significantly higher levels of infection in the central belt". Listen on FM, via our Radio Clyde app, on your DAB radio, online at Clyde1.com, or say "Play Clyde 1" on your Smart Speaker.

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More restrictions will be imposed in those regions for two weeks from October 10, including on indoor group exercise for over 18s. However, cafes without a license to serve alcohol can remain open until 6pm in line with the rest of the country.


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