By Deirdre Tynan • 15 June 2021 • 14:42
Scottish hospitality sector urges Sturgeon to stick to plan to reach Level 0 by June28.
Organisations representing the Scottish hospitality sector are calling on Nicola Sturgeon’s government to stick to the timeframe in its Strategic Framework and move to Level 0 by June 28. If not, it must urgently consider further financial support for hospitality businesses still facing crippling restrictions.
Many businesses remain closed at Level 2 and others, including night clubs, will not even be able to open at Level 0. The sector is also calling for an announcement on the details on what life will look like after Level 0, as well as the review of physical distancing that had been promised for June 7.
Executive Director of UKHospitality Scotland Leon Thompson said, “It is vital that the Scottish Government understands how important it is to achieve Level 0 by the date of June 28. Progress to remove restrictions will help hospitality businesses continue to move to improved trading and back towards viability.
“Hospitality businesses may look busy, but most continue to trade at a loss adding to the debt burden built up over 15 months of closure and restricted opening. This week the First Minister must provide a clear and certain message that Scotland is still on track to reach Level 0 by June 28. This will provide confidence to a sector that has borne the economic brunt of the pandemic.
“Level 0 is not the end and there will still be significant restrictions on hospitality. Without details of what happens after Level 0 and the physical distancing review, businesses cannot begin to plan for the future.
“Ultimately hospitality needs the removal of all restrictions as quickly as possible. In the absence of this the Scottish Government must urgently consider what financial support it will provide to support hospitality businesses,” Thompson added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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