CEO of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) has commented on the First Minister’s announcement that the majority of Scotland can move to Level 2 next Monday (17 May).
Emma McClarkin (pictured) said, “This is an expected but very much welcomed announced from the First Minister. Since a partial reopening on 26 April, Scotland’s pubs and bars which could utilise outdoor spaces have given it a real go, but ultimately the weather and the restriction to alcohol service indoors has made trading viably a real difficulty.
'The recommencement of indoor service from Monday will give a real boost to the country’s hospitality sector and operators are looking forward to welcoming customers back again safely.
“A full start to the recovery is still someway off for our sector though, with the ongoing curfew having a devastating impact on many premises. The First Minister must look at removing the curfew as soon as possible, and at the very least, in time for the country moving to Level 1 in early June.'
McClarkin finished, 'With no further economic support and trading extremely difficult, we run the risk of businesses failing just before the recovery begins.”