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04/08/2020

CAMRA comments on possible pub closures in Scotland due to Aberdeen outbreak

Following the news that the First Minister of Scotland has said she would consider closing pubs again following a recent outbreak in Aberdeen (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-53637070), please find below comment from Sarah Crawford, CAMRA National Director:

“Given the significant impact a second shut down would have on the industry, we would expect the Scottish Government to produce robust evidence that reopening pubs has increased the risk of COVID transmission, compared to other reopened sectors, before making a decision.

“Pubs are already struggling to re-open, and many have invested their dwindling reserves in order to do so safely. A second shut-down would be a devastating blow for the industry, which would likely result in permanent closures and further job losses.

If pubs are to be closed down again, it’s essential that the Scottish and UK Governments work together to make sure they provide a new support package for pubs to help them survive, including extending the furlough scheme to protect businesses and jobs.”

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