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17th March 2021

Scottish Beer & Pub Sector Respond to First Minister’s Announcement

A step in the right direction, but falls short on what is needed by the sector  

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today welcomed the announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon but believe it falls short of what is required by the sector.     

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association, said:  

“Scotland’s pubs have been desperately waiting for some positive news, and today’s announcement is definitely a step in the right direction, but many hospitality businesses will be left disappointed. No alcohol service indoors and closure at 8pm makes trading entirely unviable for many businesses, meaning the earliest they will be able to open is 17 May.   

“Operators across the country cannot wait to open the doors again and welcome customers back safely. Today’s announcement gives some hope, especially the expectation of mainland Scotland moving forward collectively but it still falls short on what many pubs and bars require. The announcement of a reopening grant is also to be welcomed, but we await the details.   

“The recovery period doesn’t fully begin until all restrictions have been removed, particular for wet pubs and late-night venues. We urge the Scottish Government to confirm as soon as possible the date in which all restrictions will be removed, until then many businesses will be forced to sit and wait.”  


Press release from the Scottish Beer & Pub Association

Becky Haywood, Scottish Beer & Pub Association, 07974132040   

Paul Togneri, Scottish Beer & Pub Association, 07502 159 101