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The top stories and latest news, dedicated to the licensed trade in Scotland.

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Level 2 and 3 pubs without “facilities to provide a main meal” to remain...

Wet-led pubs and bars in level two and three areas which "do not have the facilities to provide a main meal" will be able to remain closed in order to access the full Job Support Scheme and larger Scottish Government support grants

Scottish Government u-turns on nightclubs fund

The Scottish Government has u-turned on its nightclub support fund, saying grants will be available to all clubs regardless of whether they have traded as bars in the interim or not

COVID levels will lead to ‘devastation and sleepless nights’

The majority of Scotland’s hospitality businesses are going to find themselves “badly affected” by the COVID restrictions confirmed earlier today, say trade groups.

COVID restrictions levels revealed

Premises in the Highland, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland council areas will be able to serve alcohol indoors from Monday (November 2) after first minister Nicola Sturgeon today confirmed those areas will be classed as ‘level one’ under the Scottish Government’s strategic framework

Bleak winter for industry without further support

Hundreds of tourism and hospitality businesses in areas with level three or four restrictions are facing “the bleakest of winters” unless there is further support from government, according to the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA)
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Scottish Government announces changes to hospitality measures

The Scottish Government has announced changes to its new COVID framework which will allow hospitality premises to remain open even at level three, albeit without the sale of alcohol

New nightclub grants announced

The Scottish Government has announced new one-off grants of up to £50,000 for nightclubs that have been closed since March – but only if they have not subsequently traded as bars

Trade groups urge caution ahead of framework vote

Hospitality trade groups have jointly written to the Scottish Government with a number of proposals for a “workable strategic framework” ahead of today’s parliamentary debate on the new ‘levels’ system for COVID-19 restrictions

Scottish Government must provide clarity for hospitality

It is essential that the Scottish Government is “crystal clear” with hospitality businesses on the implementation of any new COVID measures, say trade groups

Scottish Government unveils framework for COVID restriction levels

The Scottish Government has today (October 23) published the ‘strategic framework’ spelling out the five levels of COVID restrictions it plans to introduce from November 2