Sturgeon 'signs death sentence' for Scottish hospitality as new restrictions announced

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a visit to the NHS Louisa Jordan

On only a small proportionate of infection rates being traced back to the hospitality industry, John added: "We published an evidence paper yesterday, which went through a lot of the detail which is created to support the discussion and debate around these issues because I accept that there are different opinions about what is the best way to tackle the virus".

The sale of alcohol in Scotland will be banned in indoor bars, restaurants, and cafes for 16 days starting from Friday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

The decision has been taken to stem the spread of coronavirus. We are not closing schools, colleges or universities.

There are 319 people in hospital receiving treatment for Covid, with 28 people in intensive care.

"It is not only the food and beverage that we are losing out on, it is the golf as well due to people cancelling packages as the restrictions in hospitality are just so severe".

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The SNP leader's written evidence to the committee of Holyrood MSPs' inquiry into the botched handling of complaints against her predecessor was published today and includes details of a meeting between her and Mr Salmond.

He continued: "I recognise that the hospitality industry has worked very hard to try to ensure the maximum effect is had on the virus, but we're still seeing the virus rise".

"It is by taking the tough but necessary action now that we hope to avoid even tougher action in future".

Speaking to The Scotsman, Gordon Simpson, managing secretary at Gullane Golf Club, said that Sturgeon is "pulling the rug beneath us" after inforcing new restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Restrictions on licensed premises will come into force from 6pm tomorrow with all other restrictions applying from 00:01 on Saturday.

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"Some councils immediately broke cover to quietly tell businesses they would take a light touch approach, such as letting some pubs open before licensed hours to offer breakfasts and hot drinks, while others stated premises would have to seek sanction from officers before opening".

However, cafes without a license to serve alcohol can remain open until 6pm in line with the rest of the country. This would bring them in line with the rest of England outside the central belt, where venues are allowed to operate indoors between 6am and 6pm but can not sell booze.

Last week, 20 people lost their lives as a result of the coronavirus.

More restrictions will be imposed in those regions for two weeks from October 10, including on indoor group exercise for over 18s.

Snooker/pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls are to close.

More than 48,000 people in the state without power, cooperative reports
Boarded windows and largely empty streets made New Iberia in south-central Louisiana look like a ghost town Thursday evening. As the fourth hurricane or tropical storm to hit Louisiana in a year, Delta also tied a 2002 record, Klotzbach said.


Retailers will also beed to return to the 2m rule for social distancing, and people are being discouraged from using public transport.

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