UKH Scotland welcomes lifeline support for hospitality but more required

UKHospitality Scotland's Executive Director has responded to the First Ministe of Scotalnd's statement on new protective measures and funding for hospitality.

Leon Thompson said, “Today’s announcement from the First Minister set out the stark situation we are facing as omicron spreads. Hospitality will continue to play its part in keeping customers and our workforce safe.

'The increased protective measures announced today will require further detail, so we know what they mean for our businesses.

'Ensuring gatherings are limited to no more than three households and reducing crowding in some areas of venues will be challenging, but we will work with the Scottish Government to ensure guidance is clear and available quickly.'

Thompson went on, “The announcement of the financial support from the Scottish Government of £100 million is very welcome, but falls short of what is needed to help a sector hit hard by public heath messaging in the last week.

'UKHospitality Scotland will argue that additional aid announced by the Treasury must be used to extend a lifeline to hospitality businesses, workers and suppliers.”