Snap shutdown, according to Sturgeon, will cause “irreversible damage” and will be “very disastrous.”
If the severe Covid curbs are reinstated, Nicola Sturgeon has been warned that it will cause “irreversible damage” to Scotland’s pubs and clubs.
Hospitality executives reacted angrily after one of her closest aides said they would be the first to close if the country went into “reverse gear.”
National clinical director Jason Leitch advised limiting “indoor, unventilated” venues that attract crowds to “stop transmission.”
It occurred amid mounting concerns that the First Minister would impose a temporary curfew before the sabbatical period ended in only four weeks.
Ms. Sturgeon said last week that if further limits are needed, she will not hesitate to impose them.
She did say, though, that she was not considering a “circuit-breaker” lockdown to stop the increase in instances.
Before Ms Sturgeon gives a Holyrood report on the pandemic on Wednesday, sources last night claimed there was no immediate proposal for fresh curbs.
In Scotland, seven Covid deaths were reported yesterday, with 6,029 new cases.
There were 585 patients in the hospital, up 34 from the previous day, and 54 in intensive care, up two.
This compared to pandemic highs of 2,053 hospitalizations and 221 intensive care admissions. Meanwhile, eight of Scotland’s worst Covid locations have been classified in the top 20 worst-affected places in Europe.
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NHS Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Dumfries and Galloway, Lothian, Dumfries and Galloway, Forth Valley, Ayrshire and Arran, Highland and Fife are all listed as Covid hotspots on the World Health Organization’s European region table.
Professor Leitch told the BBC that public health officials would advise ministers to “halt transmission.”
“Transmission happens indoors, unventilated, in crowds,” he continued. So, if you want to stop transmission, think about regions that meet those requirements and can be turned back a little bit.”
When asked if this meant nightclubs and bars, he replied that “could be where you start,” but that ministers would have to examine the economic repercussions as well.
“Any further limits placed on the hospitality industry will do significant and permanent damage to an already fragile sector at the worst possible time,” warned Paul Togneri of the Scottish Beer and Pub Association.
“Professor Leitch is correct in emphasizing the economic complexity that influence decision-making.”
Colin is the managing director of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”