Nicola Sturgeon has sparked the fury of the hospitality and leisure sector after she announced a new system of restrictions will apply to Scotland from next week. Ms Sturgeon said the five-tier coronavirus system will include a higher alert setting compared to the one in place across England which could bring some areas in near-total lockdown mode. The announcement however was met with backlash from hospitality businesses concerned about the economic impact closing down will have on them.
A series of industry bodies have now joined forces and launched a petition against the Scottish First Minister hoping to push her into overturning the restrictions imposed on pubs and restaurants.
Stephen Montgomery from the Scottish Hospitality Group told Good Morning Britain: “We should have been able to get talking before now so we could go to our people and say, ‘listen, this is what’s coming up.’
“We could get some input into the financial structure between each tier and what’s been involved. They can’t go on making last-minute decisions. We’ve had it for long enough now.”
The decision comes as a Glasgow deli won the right to keep their businesses open despite Ms Sturgeon’s policies, pushing other premises to seek similar injunctions to avoid closure.
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