Indoor hospitality operators in Glasgow and Moray are in dismay over the recent news that both areas are set to remain in Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions, despite the rest of the country moving further out of lockdown.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the two areas will remain under restrictions for at least another week from Monday, following the spike in coronavirus cases originating from the Indian variant of the disease.
Following this, travel in and out of these areas will be prohibited other than for permitted purposes.
Under Level 3 restrictions, hospitality businesses are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages until 22:30pm indoors.
Leon Thompson, the executive director of UKHospitality Scotland, said: “The late announcement that Glasgow is also to remain in Level 3 from Monday has caused disbelief amongst hospitality businesses in the city.
“Members in Moray were already reporting lost bookings whilst we waited for confirmation of the region’s level. Glasgow businesses will also now be counting the cost of yet another blow to getting back to generating much needed revenue.”
He added: “Businesses in the city were preparing for a move to Level 2, so supplies and stock will now go unused, adding to the cost for businesses already burdened by debt.
“The Scottish government has recognised the need for extra financial support for hospitality businesses in both areas. This is very welcome, essential and sets the scene should there be further setbacks to the full easing of restrictions. However, it is important that the level of support is adequate, available to all hospitality venues and it must reach them quickly.”