07 October 2020
SWA comment on today's announcement on hospitality measures
Commenting on today's announcements from the Scottish Government, Karen Betts, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said:
“Today’s new measures are a blow for pubs, bars and restaurants across Scotland. They have invested a great deal of time and money in reopening safely and carefully, supporting their customers in being able to socialise again while complying with government guidance, and in providing work for their employees. The measures will stall their recovery and will impact into their supply chains – including not only whisky but Scotland’s other fabulous food and drink producers.
“Hospitality and tourism are vital to the Scottish economy. They offer jobs to young people, flexible work to those who need it, generate billions of pounds for the Scottish economy, and they are part of who we are. All the businesses impacted by the new measures will need to see the new support package delivered very quickly, so these new restrictions do not add to business failures and job losses.”