Responding to the First Minister’s announcement regarding new restrictions in Scotland and short-term support measures for the hospitality sector, a SBPA spokesperson said:
“This short-term package of support from the First Minister is welcome at this extremely challenging time for pubs and brewers. It will be a vital lifeline for many and will help compensate businesses for the dramatically reduced trade already being experienced in the run up to Christmas.
“The additional restrictions however will have further significant impact on trade for pubs and brewers particularly over the New Year period which is crucial for trade, adding to the challenges already being faced at this extremely difficult time. It is critical that a timeline is in place for the removal of these restrictions enabling the sector to navigate the challenges. Whilst these additional restrictions remain in place, additional financial support must be kept under review, as many pubs will otherwise not make it through the winter.”
Press release from Scottish Beer & Pub Association