New emergency measures
Pubs and restaurants face new Covid shutdown
Hospitality businesses face another period of lockdown
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon could announce a temporary closure of Scotland’s pubs and restaurants today in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
Ms Sturgeon is expected to follow the Prime Minister’s new restrictions on the hospitality sector amid an alarming upsurge in cases of the virus.
Government advisers believe crowds of revellers refusing to abide by social distancing rules are part of the problem.
Ms Sturgeon will announce the latest crackdown at about 5pm while Boris Johnson will make a live TV announcement at 8pm after chairing an emergency Cobra meeting with the leaders of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Mr Johnson is set to impose a 10pm curfew on all pubs, bars and restaurants in England.