Pressure raised

Pubs and music festivals call for shift in Covid plan

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Pubs are sceptical over ‘data-driven’ policy

Scotland’s pubs, restaurants and music festivals are demanding an easing of Covid restrictions by the new Government to bring the country into line with England to avoid more closures.

Hospitality businesses say Scotland’s recovery will be held back if the incoming Holyrood Government continues with the current restrictions.

A group of music festivals have sent a joint letter to the Scottish Government amid warnings that many will not survive.

While test events are taking place to allow crowds in England, they say current conditions in Scotland would effectively mean the immediate cancellation of most if not all major music festivals north of the border this year.

Pubs and restaurants represented by the Scottish Hospitality Group question if the government really is pursuing its so-called strategy of ‘data not dates’. 

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Even with the scheduled easing of restrictions, the SHG predicts that fewer than half of Scotland’s pubs, restaurants and hotels will be open and trading viably once indoor drinking is allowed.

It is also concerned about more progressive changes in England from the end of June.

The SHG is calling on the new Scottish Government to ensure alignment with England to avoid deterring customers who are planning a staycation in Scotland and to bring forward changes to the levels system in line with the huge decrease in hospital cases and deaths. 

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