Covid-19 / 20 March 2020

SBPA comment on pub closure order by UK & Scottish Governments

Commenting on the closure of pubs in Scotland this evening, Paul Togneri of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) said:

“Both Scottish and UK Governments have been clear that pubs must now shut down. The safety and wellbeing of people is our priority and we stand ready to play our part in the fight against COVID-19, helping to protect our communities and employees.

“As a sector employing nearly 68,000 people in Scotland, the Chancellor’s support package announced today on staff wages, combined with the support announced by the Finance Secretary to Holyrood earlier in the week, will safeguard thousands of livelihoods and help closed pubs try to get through this difficult period.

“We stand ready to work with both Governments and Local Authorities to ensure that the support is accessible as fast as possible. There remain areas where we need further support to sustain our great brewing and pub sector through this difficult time, to ensure that all staff will have jobs to return to and to guarantee all pubs can reopen again when this crisis is over and continue to be at the heart of communities up and down the country.”

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