Scotland’s licensed trade is facing a struggle to survive after short-term Covid restrictions were extended.

The country is due to move to a five-tier system of virus alert levels from 2 November, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced.

Until then the temporary regulations, targeting the central belt in particular. will continue.

CAMRA has warned the continued closure and new tiered restrictions were a “hammer blow” and  could see end of Scotland’s pubs as we know them.

CAMRA’s Director for Scotland Joe Crawford said: “The First Minister’s announcement of an extra week of pub closures and the prospect of further lockdowns and restrictions from 2 November has come as a hammer blow to pubs and breweries cross the country.

“These businesses feel like they are being offered up as a sacrificial lamb without sufficient evidence that pubs – who have done everything they have been asked to track and trace customers and make heir venues Covid-secure – are responsible for transmission of the virus.

“The Scottish Government must urgently review and improve their support package to make sure all our pubs and breweries get the financial compensation and support they need to get through this extended closure period – and, crucially, also during the tiered restrictions that will follow.

“In addition, ministers need to give breweries and pubs enough notice about their plans so people can plan and re-stock for opening their doors again.

“Without a longer-term support package to make up for lost trade and reduced consumer confidence I fear that this could be the end for the beer and pub sector as we know it.”

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