Late-night legal challenge progresses

THE Night Time Industries Association is preparing to progress with its legal action against the Scottish Government over the ongoing shutdown of Scotland’s late-night venues.

The organisation wrote to the Scottish Government in late April to inform ministers that it was seeking a judicial review of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus restrictions at the Court of Session.

Late-night venues such as nightclubs still have no indicative date for reopening, and the NTIA has said 39,000 jobs are at risk across Scotland amid the ongoing uncertainty.

In a statement to SLTN the NTIA said it had received a response to its pre-action letter, “however our initial reaction is one of disappointment that it appears [the] Scottish Government still do not understand just how critical the situation for business has now become and that urgent action is required”.

“Only a firm commitment to rapidly end all legal restrictions on capacity, activity and operating hours across the entire hospitality sector and night time economy can now save thousands of Scottish businesses and tens of thousands of Scottish  jobs,” said the group.

“In the absence of such an undertaking from [the] Scottish Government we will be to forced to progress with our legal action as quickly as possible.”

An update is expected next week.