HTA fights to keep restaurants open in Scottish Garden Centres

Update: The Scottish Government have now confirmed that all cafes will be able to remain open so long as they stop selling alcohol.

Reacting to news that Scottish pubs and licensed restaurants across the central belt will close from Friday, The HTA appeals for garden centres to be exempted if they stop selling alcohol.

The Scottish Government has announced that all licensed premises across the central belt, including Glasgow and Edinburgh will close at 18.00 on Friday until the 25th October. In other parts of Scotland pubs and restaurants will be able to open till 6pm but will only be allowed to serve alcohol outdoors. Cafes which do not have an alcohol licence will be able to stay open until 6pm.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the restrictions were "intended to be short, sharp action to arrest a worrying increase in infection" from Covid-19.

The order to close will impact the garden centre restaurants that sell alcohol.

The HTA has today said, “Following the First Minister’s statement this afternoon we are immediately making the case to the Scottish Government to allow garden centre licensed cafes/restaurants to be able to continue to trade if they stop serving alcohol – rather than close entirely. This includes in the five health board areas identified for more strict measures.

“This is a pragmatic approach which recognises that garden centres have shown how safe trading can work effectively and that they continue to take a responsible approach.”

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