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Coronavirus Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon says: "Santa Claus is a key worker."


Nicola Sturgeon was forced to make a bizarre promise to Scottish children that Santa would deliver their Christmas presents after her best medical advisor called hopes of a traditional festive gathering "fiction".

The Prime Minister joked that their national clinical director, Professor Jason Leitch, would be featured on the front pages of newspapers as the Grinch after saying families should prepare to watch loved ones via Zoom because of the coronavirus.

She tried to downplay the importance of his comments at her daily press conference today when she came under increasing fire over a five-tier lockdown system that was supposed to be even tougher than Boris Johnson's in England.

The Prime Minister was hit by a wave of anger after it was revealed she would like to take a tougher approach than the Prime Minister, with more curbs to help fight the pandemic.

Ms. Sturgeon was faced with a barrage of questions when she faced the media after Prof. Leitch told BBC Scotland this morning that while there might be some “normality” over Christmas, “we don't have large family groups will have several families, that's fiction for this year & # 39 ;.

When asked if Santa Clauses need to use Zoom in their grottos across the country, she turned to the camera and said, “When Santa is watching children, Santa won't be prevented from delivering your presents on Christmas Eve. He is a key worker and has many magical powers that make him sure to do so.

“If he has to do Zoom grottoes to protect you, it is not because he is at risk. As usual, Santa Claus will deliver gifts all over the world. & # 39;

She added, "Since I spend so much time responding to Jason's comments today, I should get him to dress up as the Grinch for Halloween and do a briefing to cheer everyone up."

In other coronavirus developments today;

  • Rishi Sunak revealed another bailout amid warnings that thousands of bars and restaurants in the second tier restricted areas are on the verge of collapse.
  • Shocking official figures today show that 17 percent of companies in the lodging and catering industry are at “severe” risk of bankruptcy.
  • South Yorkshire has agreed to move into tier three starting Saturday, which means 7.3 million in England will live under the strictest Covid rules.
  • The talks to classify Nottinghamshire in the "very high risk" category are nearing completion.
  • Boris Johnson tried to bypass Andy Burnham by offering £ 60million coronavirus aid direct to local councils in Greater Manchester.
  • Economists warned that lockdowns would kill even more people than they "could possibly save";
  • Labor Angela Rayner apologized after calling a Tory MP "scum" during a Covid-19 debate.
  • 191 more coronavirus deaths were reported yesterday, with daily cases hitting a record 26,688;
  • Hospitals have increased the cancellation of routine operations and appointments without Covid, as the number of virus entries has increased.
  • Scotland Yard agreed to withdraw a letter asking pubs and restaurants to sniff out their customers.
  • Prince William spoke of the "unimaginable challenges" cancer patients face due to the coronavirus.
  • The national debt has risen to its highest level in 60 years.
  • An important report warned that Covid-19 cannot be used as an excuse for delaying welfare reform.

The Prime Minister joked that her national clinical director Professor Jason Leitch would be featured on the front pages of newspapers as the Grinch after saying families should prepare to watch loved ones over Zoom because of the coronavirus

The Prime Minister was hit by a wave of anger after it was revealed she would like to take a tougher approach than the Prime Minister, with more curbs to help fight the pandemic

Prof. Leitch told BBC Scotland this morning that while there may be some "normality" around Christmas, "we won't have large family groups with multiple families, that's fiction for this year".

Prof. Leitch told BBC Scotland this morning that while there may be some "normality" around Christmas, "we won't have large family groups with multiple families, that's fiction for this year".

Professor Leitch told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland program: “Christmas is not going to be normal, there is absolutely no question about that.

“We're not going to have large family groups with multiple families, that's fiction for this year.

“I am confident that if we can bring the numbers down to a certain level, we can possibly achieve some form of normalcy.

"People should get their digital Christmas ready."

Ms. Sturgeon later said he was simply trying to be honest with people about the difficult decisions they faced.

The First Minister (campaigning last December) said: "Since I spend so much time responding to Jason's (Leitch) comments today, I should get him to dress up as the Grinch for Halloween and do a briefing, to cheer everyone up. "

The First Minister (campaigning last December) said, "Since I spend so much time responding to Jason's (Leitch) comments today, I should get him to dress up as the Grinch for Halloween and do a briefing to cheer everyone up. "

"What he's trying to do is be open with people about the reality we live in and not rule things out prematurely, but also not try to give people false assurances," she said.

“I want us to be able to celebrate Christmas as normally as possible in the context of a global pandemic. And my message to people is, the more we all stick to these really difficult restrictions now, the better the chance we will do that. & # 39;

Details of the new tier system will be announced tomorrow, with the highest bracket possibly condemning large areas to a March-style squeeze. It will raise concerns that England may find itself in a similar position as it has often done in previous stages of the crisis.

But pubs, restaurants and retailers are already raising alarms that they are facing a disastrous winter, with dire predictions that two-thirds of hotel businesses could close.

The licensed trade said companies had been "kept in the dark" because of the new wave of regulations, warning the sector "staring into the abyss" with thousands of jobs at risk.

Stephen Montgormery of the Scottish Hospitality Group wrote in today's Daily Mail: “Yesterday the Scottish Government effectively called for the final orders for our country's hospitality industry.

Hundreds of viable businesses are about to shut down, affecting the livelihoods of thousands of people.

We have repeatedly asked the government to work with us on a solution. Again and again we faced a closed door.

The next few days will be critical. The hospitality sector is in financial decline as the long, difficult winter lies ahead. & # 39;

Questions and Answers on Scotland's Coronavirus Lockdown

I live in the Central Belt, which is currently the most restricted in Scotland. Will we be placed in the top tier when the new system is introduced?

It is expected that according to the current proposals, no areas will initially be classified in the top, fifth level. Instead, areas with the most stringent restrictions currently in place are likely to be upgraded to Tier 4 when the system goes into effect on November 2nd. This could include a continuation of the current restrictions, such as the closure of licensed premises.

Our children missed a lot of school towards the end of the last school year because of the Covid-19 lockdown. Could the schools close again?

Nicola Sturgeon has stated that her "standard" position is to keep schools open during future closures, highlighting other countries that have kept the education system running even during the total closure. Under the new tier system, schools should not automatically close even if the local area reaches the top alert. It is believed that a "judgment" will be made on a case-by-case basis as to whether students are sent home.

Are there levels where life becomes normal again?

Yes, below Tier Zero, life is expected to resemble normal before the pandemic.

Are the stages implemented at the health department or local authority level?

It is understood that the restrictions will be set by the community area rather than the health department, as is the case with the current restrictions.

What are the rules for areas at the highest level?

Those living in an area subject to top tier restrictions would experience restrictions almost as severe as the full lockdown that was imposed across the UK in March when people were told to stay home, and there were strict travel restrictions.

What do the three middle levels contain?

These should largely reflect the English system. It is expected that the "rule of six" applies in the second stage, which means that people can only socialize indoors or outdoors in groups of six adults from a maximum of two households. The rule applies to pubs and restaurants, where customers are required to wear face covers indoors even when they are not eating or drinking. In the next stage, Scots should be prohibited from coming into contact indoors with people outside their household or with an extended household. The rule of six still applies to socializing outdoors.

In the fourth stage, it is expected that people will be forbidden from being in contact, indoors or outdoors, with someone they do not live with or with whom they have not established an extended household.

Paul Waterson of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association warned, “Hundreds of businesses are facing permanent shutdowns and thousands of jobs will be lost – the damage could be irreparable.

& # 39; We estimate that two thirds of hotel operations could be mothballed or perish in the coming months. Over 50 percent of jobs in the pub and bar area could also be lost. & # 39;

The First Minister also declined to rule out school closings in badly affected areas, saying that blended learning could be reintroduced in extreme circumstances.

Don Lawson, owner of Inverness Bar Johnny Foxes, told the press and Journal that the government should ban the sale of alcohol in supermarkets and licenses to save pubs.

He said: “Pubs are facing an unprecedented crisis and the jobs and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people are at risk.

& # 39; Many of our beloved pubs are at real risk as the trade is significantly reduced and costs increased due to questionable restrictions.

"I think the answer to the hospitality puzzle is this: The Scottish government bans all supermarket alcohol sales and licenses, including pubs and restaurants."

"Alcohol can only be sold in pubs and restaurants. This will boost the local economy and save thousands of jobs."

Stuart McPhee, director of Siberia Aberdeen and spokesman for the Aberdeen Hospitality Group, responded to the suggestion by saying, “I'm all for trying something. It's as radical as any other idea.

“I certainly endorsed some ideas like closing down rooms that don't obey the rules.

"We as an industry have to work with the Scottish Government to find a solution as we are the third largest employer in the country."

It came as Scotland had its deadliest day since May. 28 Covid-19-related deaths were recorded within 24 hours.

Another 1,739 people tested positive and 49 patients were hospitalized. 73 people are currently living in intensive care units across the country.

The new five-tier system is due to be introduced on November 2nd.

Ms. Sturgeon said the current restrictions on pubs and restaurants will remain in place until then.

She has already indicated that the three middle tiers will be broadly similar to the new system in England – where areas are classified as either “medium”, “high” or “very high”.

However, in Scotland there will also be a lower level for areas with fewer cases of Covid-19 and the clinical director, Prof. Jason Leitch, stated that travel restrictions are being put in place to prevent people from higher classes from entering these areas pull.

In areas of the lowest tier, people have "a little more freedom than in other parts of the country".

In contrast, Professor Leitch said areas at the highest level would be subject to a "fuller" lockdown, although schools would remain "as open as possible".

The new system is not expected to roll out until November 2nd, and it replaces the temporary hospitality restrictions that were extended Wednesday for an additional week to that date.

Professor Leitch spoke today on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland program that advisors are currently working on which levels should be applied in different areas.

He said, "We will give advice and then the decision makers will make those decisions over the weekend and into the next week."

He explained that a five-tier system in Scotland is preferred to the three-tier system in England because "we think that as a consultant you need to have everything in your toolbox".

He added, “You have to be on the low end because if you were an area in Scotland with very low prevalence you might have a little more freedom than other parts of the country.

Shoppers walk down Princes Street yesterday, which is Edinburgh's main shopping district

Shoppers walk down Princes Street yesterday, which is Edinburgh's main shopping district

“Then there is the middle… something like what we're in right now in different parts of the country.

"But we think you need something in your toolbox that says you have the option of a wider, unfortunate lockdown if they don't work in time to protect the National Health Service and protect people from the disease."

Get Ready for Christmas by ZOOM: Scotland's Top Medic warns the family's hopes for a big celebratory gathering this year are a fiction.

The family's hopes for a big Christmas reunion are a fiction, and families should prepare to watch loved ones via Zoom, Scotland's top paramedic warned today.

National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch (below) said he was confident that by adhering to strict restrictions during the celebratory hiatus, Scots could enjoy "some form of normalcy".

He knew, however, that people shouldn't expect large multi-household gatherings this year.

He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland program: “Christmas is not going to be normal, there is absolutely no question about that.

“We're not going to have large family groups with multiple families, that's fiction for this year.

“I am confident that if we can bring the numbers down to a certain level, we can possibly achieve some form of normalcy.

"People should get their digital Christmas ready."

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie said that after months of great sacrifice, Scots "will be devastated to hear that Christmas as they know it is canceled".

He said: “Many will rightly question whether the government has used the last six months and may need to expand testing, sustain our NHS and prepare for a second wave.

"If the government expects more victims for months, it has to be honest with the public. Nicola Sturgeon has to publish the data and projections underlying these proposals and allow the public to discuss them openly."

Professor Leitch also strongly warned that hopes for a family Christmas this year were "fiction".

He said, “Christmas is not going to be normal, there is absolutely no question about that.

“We're not going to have large family groups with multiple families, that's fiction for this year.

“I am confident that if we can bring the numbers down to a certain level, we can possibly achieve some form of normalcy.

"People should get their digital Christmas ready."

According to the executives, they had been assured that the First Minister would "remain as closely linked as possible with the rest of the UK".

However, her comments yesterday indicated that she is ready to impose far stricter restrictions than in England.

During her Covid briefing yesterday, Miss Sturgeon said, “Let me explain the logic for the five levels that I think are very strong.

& # 39; The middle three levels will broadly correspond to the three levels in England which they describe as medium, high and very high.

“We think we need one at the bottom. This is the level we would strive for on this site in order to get a vaccine that is as close as possible to the normal that we can reasonably expect.

“We think it's important to have this until we all know what we're working towards. We also think we need one more (level) at the top. & # 39;

Ms. Sturgeon said when Mr. Johnson released his animal system, his chief medical officer said the top level was "not enough to absolutely eliminate the virus at all costs."

She said Scotland's top tier would be closer to the "total lockdown" imposed across the country in March, but at the local level.

Miss Sturgeon signaled that the top tier schools would remain open, but depending on the circumstances, "a transition to blended learning may be needed in some community areas".

The highest level in England includes a ban on contact with other households indoors and outdoors.

Pubs and bars are closed unless they are used as restaurants. Alcohol is only served alongside a substantial meal.

Last night the Scottish Beer and Pub Association picked up on Miss Sturgeon's plans.

A spokesman said: "Companies that are now completely in the dark are very concerned about when they may be able to reopen.

“We don't know how many levels there will be, which restrictions will exist in the individual levels or which areas will be in which levels.

"The shutdown was supposed to be temporary, but today's announcement and the potential for further restrictions have left trade staring into the abyss."

A recent study found that nearly 40 percent of hotel companies are considering closing.

In the meantime, retailers have been calling for clarity on the five-tier system as the holiday season approaches.

Two young men sit on a park bench in Edinburgh yesterday as the pandemic continues

Two young men sit on a park bench in Edinburgh yesterday as the pandemic continues

A little girl ran past a sign outside a building on Cockburn Street in Edinburgh yesterday

A little girl ran past a sign outside a building on Cockburn Street in Edinburgh yesterday

David Lonsdale, Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said: "We have consistently called for more transparency and clarity about possible next steps when it comes to future Covid restrictions, especially in the run-up to the critical Christmas trading period."

Brian Whittle, Scottish Tory health spokesperson, said, “Corporations can't go through another confusing SNP debacle like what they're still facing, what is a cafe and what a restaurant is.

"Any confusion would only make it more difficult for people and businesses to do their part in suppressing the virus."

Miss Sturgeon will tomorrow provide details of the financial support to the affected companies over the coming months.

She said this was "broadly similar" to what the UK government was offering south of the border.

Miss Sturgeon added that she was urgently trying to speak to the UK Treasury to improve the spending packages.

Pubs are about to take their last orders: entrepreneurs feel cheated because of the devastating week extension

Pubs, bars and restaurants have warned the consequences will be "devastating" after Nicola Sturgeon extended Scotland's two-week breaker.

The hospitality sector yesterday claimed it was "betrayed" by the Prime Minister after she "withdrew" her word on the restrictions.

Current measures were due to end on Monday, but Miss Sturgeon said she made the "hard" decision to extend them until November 2nd.

"We did everything you asked … and we have yet to close."

James Gulter, 40, and his wife Ioana, 34, run The Hermitage in Edinburgh's Morningside neighborhood and the Spylaw Bar in Colinton.

Due to the pandemic lockdown measures, they had to cut six jobs from their 28 employees.

Mr Gulter said he believes the hospitality sector has been wrongly targeted by the Scottish Government's measures to keep hairdressers, shops and unlicensed cafes doing business.

James Gulter, 40, and his wife Ioana, 34, run The Hermitage in Edinburgh's Morningside neighborhood and the Spylaw Bar in Colinton

James Gulter, 40, and his wife Ioana, 34, run The Hermitage in Edinburgh's Morningside area and the Spylaw Bar in Colinton

He said, “It's really frustrating and annoying. The hospitality sector has been treated very badly throughout the pandemic.

“Another week won't stick us in the coffin because we have savings, but we haven't been told what's going to happen next week so we can't plan.

“December is our biggest month, so we need to know what's coming. We're likely to lose office parties and large bookings before Christmas, so we're hoping to offer premium service to smaller groups.

“But who knows, because every announcement comes with a zero warning. It means we had a lot of unnecessary waste with food and beer supplies. & # 39;

The couple took over the Hermitage in 2014 and the bigger sister pub Spylaw in January 2019. Once the UK Government's vacation program ends, the couple will have to pay a higher percentage of their employees' wages.

The couple took over the Hermitage in Edinburgh's Morningside area in 2014

The couple took over the Hermitage in Edinburgh's Morningside area in 2014

Mr Gulter said that both pubs have put in place all required social distancing and track and trace measures.

He said, 'The customer feedback was that they feel safe. We did everything we were asked to and still said we should close. If the Scottish Government knows something we don't know, they have to tell us. & # 39;

As a result, all licensed premises, with the exception of the cafes in the Central Belt, must remain closed for another week.

Other restrictions, such as bans on indoor fitness classes and adult contact sports, also remain in place in the health department's five areas – including Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Lothian.

In other parts of Scotland, restaurants and pubs can stay open between 6am and 6pm. However, alcohol may only be served outdoors until 10 p.m.

Emma McClarkin, executive director of the Scottish Beer and Pub Association, said: “This news is absolutely devastating to the sector.

"We have been told these measures should be 'brief' and 'harsh' but now the Scottish Government has resorted to them and the operators feel they have been betrayed.

& # 39; The expansion of economic support is to be welcomed but in no way offsets the loss of income from another week that is completely closed. Commerce is now feeling even more disappointed with the government and unfairly targeted by measures that are costing jobs and livelihoods.

& # 39; Scotland's pubs and bars have repeatedly been subjected to some of the world's most punishing restrictions, but without the evidence to back it up. The situation cannot go on. & # 39;

At her briefing yesterday, Miss Sturgeon said she had agreed with her cabinet to extend the short-term restrictions to ensure a "smooth transition" to the new five-tier system, which will go into effect November 2nd.

When she announced the extension, she said, “I know that all of this is really undesirable and I know that these restrictions are severe.

“They are financially tough for many individuals and companies, and they are emotionally tough for all of us.

"Let me reiterate that none of these decisions are taken lightly. The point here is to minimize the damage to health that this virus can cause."

But business leaders were thrilled when Liz Cameron, of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said the hospitality sector was "utterly devastated as restrictions are now in place indefinitely".

She said, “We were warned that temporary restrictions would help reduce the spread of the virus. Now the temporary restrictions that make it impossible for companies to rebuild and protect jobs have been expanded.

& # 39; This short-term reactive approach is no longer enough. Where is the plan that we can all support to help the Scottish Government both deal with the virus and ensure the economy gets back to health too? & # 39;

Joe Crawford, campaign spokesman for real ale, said the announcement was a hammer blow to pubs and breweries "who feel they are being offered as sacrificial lamb without sufficient evidence".

Last night, following Miss Sturgeon's announcement, hospitality managers launched a campaign to save our jobs.

She is calling for support from the Scottish and UK governments to ensure that up to 100,000 bar and restaurant jobs across the country are not lost when the vacation program ends on October 31st.

Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kitchin, the head of Signature Group, Nic Wood – head of one of Scotland's largest pub groups – and other hospitality chefs and employees have joined the campaign.

Mr. Kitchin said, “Our industry is in dire need of help, especially after only partially recovering from the initial lockdown.

"Eliminating the risks of the virus is our greatest concern, but there must be a balance for Scotland's hospitality future."

Mr. Wood hopes the campaign will highlight the plight of the young hospitality workforce, who employ 50 percent of all employees between the ages of 16 and 24.

The Scottish government has made £ 40 million available to affected companies during the original 16-day lock-up period and Miss Sturgeon said this would be "proportionately" extended.

Research shows the industry has spent around £ 15 million on training and implementing social distancing measures across the sector to reopen businesses and restore consumer confidence.

However, a large number of licensed premises have not reopened at all since March as they would not be profitable due to a reduction in their capacity to comply with social distancing regulations.

If the SNP doesn't give us a seat at the table, they'll destroy a £ 10 billion industry, says Stephen Montgomery

Gestern hat die schottische Regierung die letzten Bestellungen für die Hotellerie unseres Landes effektiv aufgerufen.

Hunderte lebensfähiger Unternehmen stehen vor der Schließung, was sich auf den Lebensunterhalt von Tausenden von Menschen auswirkt.

Immer wieder haben wir die Regierung aufgefordert, mit uns an einer Lösung zu arbeiten.

Immer wieder haben wir uns einer geschlossenen Tür gestellt.

Die nächsten Tage werden kritisch sein. Der Gastgewerbesektor befindet sich in einem finanziellen Abgrund, da der lange, schwierige Winter vor uns liegt.

Als ich gestern nach der Ankündigung mit Eigentümern und Betreibern im ganzen Land sprach, war ihre Verzweiflung und Verzweiflung spürbar.

Ich konnte spüren, dass sie das Vertrauen in die Regierung verloren hatten, um Arbeitsplätze zu schützen, Unternehmen zu unterstützen und Schottland durch diese beispiellosen Zeiten zu führen.

Katastrophal Der Erste Minister sagte, dass die Entscheidungen, die ihre Regierung trifft, nicht einfach waren.

Für einen Geschäftsinhaber ist die Entscheidung, die Hälfte Ihrer Mitarbeiter zu entlassen, jedoch alles andere als einfach.

Eine weitere Woche voller Beschränkungen ist katastrophal für einen Sektor, der bereits in den Knien liegt. Die zweiwöchige Schließung kostet allein für Mitglieder der Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) Einnahmen in Höhe von 10 Mio. GBP.

Und nicht nur das Personal im Gastgewerbe ist gefährdet, sondern auch Arbeitsplätze in Tausenden von Unternehmen in unseren Lieferketten, von Metzgern auf den örtlichen Hauptstraßen bis hin zu Brauern und Fischern.

Wir haben die schottische Regierung wiederholt aufgefordert, gemeinsam mit uns an einer Lösung zum Schutz einer Branche zu arbeiten, die der drittgrößte Arbeitgeber des Landes ist.

Schottlands Bars und Restaurants haben immer wieder gezeigt, dass sie bereit sind, mit der Regierung zusammenzuarbeiten, und alles tun, um die Ausbreitung des Coronavirus zu bekämpfen.

Verantwortungsbewusst geführte Bars und Restaurants sollten als wesentlicher Bestandteil der Lösung angesehen werden, da die Beweise zeigen, dass Menschen zu Hause oder an anderen Orten ohne soziale Distanzierung Kontakte knüpfen.

Neben den Risiken für die öffentliche Gesundheit, die mit der Schließung des Gastgewerbes verbunden sind, sind die wirtschaftlichen Kosten für eine Branche mit einem jährlichen Wert von 10,6 Mrd. GBP für die schottische Wirtschaft katastrophal, in der 285.000 Menschen beschäftigt sind, darunter viele junge Schotten unter 25 Jahren.

Ich bitte jetzt direkt den Ersten Minister.

Hör auf, uns auszuschließen. Nehmen Sie Platz am Tisch, um unsere Erfahrung, Unterstützung und unser kritisches Branchenwissen bereitzustellen, bevor wichtige Entscheidungen getroffen werden, die sich auf die Zukunft unseres Unternehmens und das Leben unserer Mitarbeiter auswirken.

Die Hotellerie hat wiederholt die Hauptlast der Einschränkungen gespürt. Wir haben wiederholt eine angemessene finanzielle Unterstützung gefordert, um die Veranstaltungsorte lebensfähig zu halten, Arbeitsplätze zu retten und den Lebensunterhalt zu sichern.

Während die Erste Ministerin der britischen Regierung konsequent die Schuld an der Unfähigkeit ihrer Regierung gibt, weitere finanzielle Unterstützung zu leisten, kann sie heute Maßnahmen ergreifen, um Hoffnung auf eine längerfristige finanzielle Lösung zu geben.

Die Geschäftsraten werden vollständig an Schottland weitergegeben. Setzen Sie Ihr Geld dort ein, wo Ihr Mund ist, und verlängern Sie die Erleichterung für die Gastfreundschaft bis April 2022.

Drücken Sie die britische Regierung härter auf das Geld, das für ein branchenspezifisches Urlaubsprogramm benötigt wird, und auf die Finanzierung von Gastgewerbebetrieben im ganzen Land, um den Winter zu überleben. Dies gibt den Unternehmen Hoffnung, dass die Regierung versucht zu helfen.

Jedes Unternehmen ist mit einer einzigartigen Situation konfrontiert. Einige Betreiber außerhalb des Zentralgürtels müssen schließen, weil sie unter den derzeitigen Beschränkungen nicht rentabel handeln können und keinen Zugang zu vollständiger Unterstützung der schottischen Regierung oder zum neuen Urlaubsprogramm haben.

Manchester mit seinen 1.912 lizenzierten Räumlichkeiten könnte bis zu 60 Millionen Pfund an staatlicher Unterstützung erhalten. Dies entspricht mehr als 31.000 GBP pro Standort, gegenüber den völlig unzureichenden 3.500 GBP, die möglicherweise von der schottischen Regierung auf dem Tisch liegen.

Über das allgemeine Unterstützungsniveau hinaus besteht nach wie vor schädliche und inakzeptable Unsicherheit darüber, wie finanzielle Unterstützung abgerufen und verwaltet wird, und eine effektive Postleitzahl-Lotterie in Bezug auf das Unterstützungsniveau, auf das Unternehmen in verschiedenen Teilen des Landes zugreifen können.

Lösung Solche regionalen Unterschiede werden sich erst verstärken, wenn wir ab dem 2. November zu unterschiedlichen Einschränkungen übergehen.

Der schottische Gastgewerbesektor sollte und kann im Vergleich zu anderen Teilen des Vereinigten Königreichs nicht zu kurz kommen.

Die Hotellerie hat ständig alles getan, was die Regierung von ihr verlangt – und noch mehr -, um Kunden und Mitarbeiter zu schützen und Teil der Lösung gegen das Coronavirus in Schottland zu sein.

Es gibt noch keine wissenschaftlichen Beweise für die Schließung von Pubs und Restaurants in Schottland.

Seit Juli haben SHG-Mitglieder mehr als 1,8 Millionen Kunden betreut und nur 17 bestätigte Fälle von Covid-19 erhalten. In unseren Räumlichkeiten verfügen wir über Track & Trace-, PSA-, soziale Distanzierungs- und Hygienemaßnahmen.

The inevitable increase of socialising in uncontrolled, unmonitored environments, such as house parties, will only increase as we enter the cold, dark winter months.

Our businesses are part of the solution to fight this virus, not part of the problem.

We have put our trust in this elected Government to navigate us through this crisis.

But trust works two ways.

We are owners and operators working at the coalface.

Evidence After 16 days, there is still no clear indication that virus case numbers are dropping, despite the closure of bars and restaurants.

Restrictions must be based on evidence or they are disproportionate and unfair.

Now the Government must engage and listen to business owners to regain trust.

Scotland's bars and restaurants have demonstrated again and again that they are willing to work with the Government and be part of the solution to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The winds of change have begun to blow across the industry. We need action to save our industry now.

Without a seat at the table, and without further financial support, hundreds of once flourishing businesses at the heart of communities up and down the country will be forced to call last orders for the final time.

  • Stephen Montgomery is the owner of two hospitality businesses in Dumfries and Galloway and the spokesman for the Scottish Hospitality Group , which comprises many of the country's largest and best-known restaurant and bar businesses, including the DRG Group , Buzzworks Holdings, Signature Pubs, Montpeliers,  Manorview Group, Lisini Pub Co, Caledonia Inns, G1 Group, Siberia Bar & Hotel, Mor-Rioghain, Group and Caledonian Heritable.

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