Mixed messages

Swinney told to ‘lie down’ amid vertical drinking row

John Swinney

John Swinney has been accused of misleading the public (pic: Terry Murden)

Drinkers will be allowed to stand at bars in Scotland after the Scottish government’s latest u-turn on so-called “vertical drinking”.

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association said it had received confirmation of the decision following 48 hours of mixed messages from ministers.

Colin Wilkinson, managing director of the SLTA, attended a meeting today with the Scottish Government and other industry groups at which officials provided clarity following an interview involving Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Mr Swinney told a radio programme that standing at a bar without a face mask will not be allowed when restrictions are eased on Monday, although he suggested face masks will not be necessary on nightclub dance floors.


Mr Wilkinson said: “It is absolutely crucial to have this clarified although we are still waiting for the finer detail on this and other questions.

“However, we thank the Scottish Government for their time today and hope that further information is forthcoming before Monday.

“Mr Swinney’s comments were both unhelpful and misinformed.”

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