Saturday, 24 Oct 2020

Alcohol to be banned in pubs and bars for 16 days in Scotland

Pubs, bars and restaurants could be forced to close between the hours of 6pm and 6am as part of emergency coronavirus restrictions, a report has claimed.

Alcohol will also be ‘effectively banned’ in the country, a leaked document, shared by news website Guido Fawkes, states. It indicates that hospitality venues will only able to open between 6am and 6pm if alcohol is not on sale, while only hotels will be able to serve meals after the curfew hours.

The only exemptions to the rules will be ‘significant life events’ such as wedding receptions and funeral wakes. The hospitality sector, likely to be hit hard by the restrictions, will be supported by the government.

The restrictions will be in place for a period of 16 days, to act as a ‘circuit breaker’ against the virus. No accommodation will close during the period.

The temporary restrictions will also ban group classes in gyms, contact sports (not including those at a professional level) and outdoor live events.

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Indoor bowling venues, casinos, bingo halls and snooker halls will also reportedly close, and there will be a ban on serving alcohol outdoors.

Anyone who can work from home will be expected to do so, the leaked document states.

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