The Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jackie Baillie, has today secured an exemption for licenced cafes from the First Minister, which will allow them to temporarily suspend their alcohol license to let them remain open under the new restrictions.
Nicola Sturgeon responded to Jackie Baillie’s question today by announcing that cafes would be able to remain open under exemptions to the proposed legislation.
The exemption for cafes puts into question whether other licensed premises should be allowed to stay open and only serve food and soft drinks too.
Commenting, Jackie Baillie said: “This clarification from the First Minister will come as a relief to many business owners and workers across Scotland and, particularly, in those areas with additional restrictions.
“This comes less than 24 hours after cafes with licences were told they would need to close completely. So whilst I welcome this about turn, it does seem obvious that the First Minister did not take businesses and workers into account when drawing up these latest restrictions.
“We cannot have businesses, the workers they employ, and the public suffering due to the Scottish Government’s lack of foresight.”