Tuesday, 20 Oct 2020

Scotland set for ‘Sober October’ 16-day alcohol ban in pubs and clubs – report

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Alcohol is to be "effectively banned" in Scotland as a coronavirus circuit-breaker, a leaked document reports.

Pubs, bars and restaurants may also be forced to close between the hours of 6pm and 6am as part of the country's emergency pandemic restrictions.

Hospitality venues will only able to open during curfew hours if no alcohol is sold, the report claims.

However there will reportedly be will be exceptions for "significant life events" including wedding receptions and funeral wakes.

The leaked planning document, published by political news site Guido Fawkes, says the strict ban will be enforced for 16 days during which time the hospitality sector will receive government support.

The circuit-breaker would coincide with the school half-term, and is intended to "apply a brake to the virus for 16 days from Saturday 10 to Sunday 25 October across Scotland".

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The Scottish government has yet to confirm the report, but is expected to make an announcement on the latest Covid-19 restrictions later today.

Scotland has reported 1,054 new confirmed cases of the virus today, a positive rate of 13% of all newly tested people.

The country has also recorded one new death while 28 people remain in intensive care.

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