Don’t kick the night time economy when’s it down is the plea coming out of Scotland’s leading hospitality body.
Following the Deputy First Minister’s statement in which the prospect of expanding the COVID passport scheme to more venues was referenced, UKHospitality Scotland Executive Director Leon Thompson has issued the strongest possible warning against such a move highlighting the deleterious impact it would have on the viability of businesses in the night time economy. He stated: “This news will be extremely alarming to hospitality businesses welcoming customers to their Covid safe venues. The imposition of vaccine passports on businesses operating in the night-time economy has had a catastrophic impact on their ability to trade. Many have removed themselves from scope by closing early, whilst nightclubs report falling attendance as people stay away or are refused entry due to lack of certification.
“Scottish Government ministers must meet urgently with hospitality representatives to share their evidence for any such move. The extension of this poorly conceived and badly executed policy has the potential to destroy many businesses that are already struggling, having been subjected to more than 18-months of closure and restricted opening.”