Coronavirus: The Ben offers trade support amid COVID-19


SCOTTISH licensed trade charity The Ben has pledged to support those seriously affected by the impact of the coronavirus.

The Ben said it is “increasingly concerned” about the impact of the virus on the industry – both in terms of people’s health and potential financial hardship as a result.

It comes as the UK Government is expected to announce measures and restrictions, designed to slow the spread of the virus, today (March 12).  Yesterday, the Italian prime minister said bars and restaurants there will be closed as part of its response to the pandemic.

Ben president Stephen McGowan said: “If, as is expected, Scotland will experience a period of social distancing and cancellation of public events or gatherings this will have a significant impact on our hospitality businesses.

“The Ben is here as a safety net for anyone who works in our trade and is facing extreme financial hardship as a result of the virus, and we may be in a position to offer one-off financial assistance on a case by case basis.

“If this applies to you or any colleagues please contact or call our office on 0141 353 3596.

“In addition, if you are facing any issues which may impact on your mental health and wellbeing please remember The Ben offers a free mental health helpline which can be reached on 0800 915 4610.”