UKH Scotland welcomes restrictions lift but calls for further financial support

UKHospitality Scotland Executive Director has responded to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's statement today.

Leon Thompson said,“The move to Level 0 - with a few modifications - for all of Scotland is very welcome and allows some of our members to finally reopen after many, many months of closure. They will be relieved.

“However, hospitality continues to trade in a very difficult environment which will not improve until all major restrictions are removed.

'Today we had hoped to hear something definite on this. Instead, businesses burdened with expensive short-term debt will continue to struggle, unable to break-even whilst ongoing and seemingly endless restrictions continue.

“Again, today’s announcement had nothing on financial support for Scotland’s hospitality businesses which are now set to fall further behind businesses in England.'

Thompson ended, 'UKHospitality Scotland will continue to press the Scottish Government on this crucial point. A new package of support can make the difference between survival and closure for some businesses.”