Clarity needed over business closures, says lobby group

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the meeting would give 'food for thought' to take back to Edinburgh. 16_B35_cabinetquestiontime05
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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A national tourism lobby group has called for more clarity over which businesses can and cannot stay open.

The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) said ‘clear and concise’ clarification was needed in the wake of the lock down announcements.

Pubs, cafes, hotels, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, spas, betting shops, gyms and swimming pools are among those to close their doors to the public.

The Stirling-based STA said: ‘We need to know what type of businesses should close and for this to be legally enforced closure.’

It added that more pressure needed to be put on the insurance industry to accept COVID-19 as a cause for ‘business interruption’ to help firms with claims.

On Monday, Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘My message today to shops that are still open is this and it is clear, if you are not providing essential items like food and medicines, then please also close now.

‘It has been clear to me that there are still too many people across our country who are being expected to or expecting to go to work as normal and that presents a serious and unnecessary risk of spreading the virus.

‘So I want to reiterate that if you run a business, and if the nature of your business makes it difficult for you or your workers to work from home or to practice safe social distancing, then you should close for the period of the efforts to combat this virus.’

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