Businesses across Scotland face ruin today in the wake of Nicola Sturgeon's draconian two-week alcohol ban.
The First Minister yesterday announced a ban on pubs and restaurants from serving alcohol indoors in Scotland for at least 16 days from Friday.
Hospitality venues will only be allowed to open from 6am to 6pm and in five 'hotspot' areas including Edinburgh and Glasgow, pubs will be closed altogether apart from takeaways until October 26 and people will be advised against using public transport.
Experts across the hospitality sector are now warning they face financial ruin and 'tens of thousands of job losses' amid the 'horrific' restrictions.
The Scottish Government has pledged £40 million to help the sector through the restrictions but is facing a revolt from business owners.
CEO of UK hospitality Kate Nicholls today warned the funds were simply not enough.
She added: 'In Scotland, £40million in 16,000 licenced premises equates to just over £2,000 for those people - it barely keeps the lights on let alone saves a job.'
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday announced a ban on pubs and restaurants from serving alcohol indoors in Scotland for at least 16 days from Friday
The number of daily cases in Scotland has risen from under 300 two weeks ago – when a ban on households mixing indoors was introduced – to see 1,054 reported today
In other twists and turns in the coronavirus crisis today:Boris Johnson faced fury from Northerners and a massing Tory revolt today after it emerged he will plunge 10million people in Covid hotspots into even tougher lockdown restrictions next week, shutting pubs and restaurants. The leader of Nottingham council leader has voiced alarm at the delay in announcing tighter restrictions to control a surge in the area until the traffic light system is announced on Monday. Labour's David Mellen said he feared people would have a 'blow out' weekend in expectation of the crackdown; Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick refused to cite scientific evidence for the 10pm pubs curfew, merely saying it was 'commonsensical'; Mr Jenrick hinted that the government could soon urge workers to wear masks in offices, saying the idea had 'benefits' and would be considered by the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty; A leading scientist has voiced alarm at speculation people could be reinfected with coronavirus, saying that could mean the problem is around 'forever'
UK Hospitality executive director for Scotland Willie Macleod has already warned many businesses will not survive the new