Prime Minister Johnson is regularly accused of acting too slowly in applying measures to combat Covid-19. The provision of further much needed economic assistance to hospitality businesses impacted by Covid-19 would certainly qualify as an example.
Whether acting on the advice of SAGE or COBRA Johnson seems to follow rather than lead.
Earlier today Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced further stringent measures being added to lockdown across Scotland. Hospitality is of course, as always, head of the queue to once again be impacted further by the measures announced. They include…
- All takeaway food will be stopped seeing click and collect for essential goods only from Saturday 16 January.
- Banning any alcohol consumption outdoors across all level 4 areas, preventing people from buying takeaway beers to drink outside.
Sturgeon’s actions will see many hospitality businesses currently able to sell takeaway food cease to do so, with no additional financial support announced alongside the move.
Johnson will soon doubtless follow Sturgeon’s move and apply similar controls south of the border, let’s hope he may then precede her in providing further support for the businesses impacted.
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