Coronavirus: Emergency laws will be enacted to close defiant pubs

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First minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned she will use emergency legislation to close pubs that ignore advice to shut in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak following Friday’s announcement by Boris Johnson that all licensed premises, restaurants and other venues should shut.

She said the vast majority were complying with the advice, but those that did not were putting lives at risk, following reports that a number of pubs across Scotland have ignored advice to close over the weekend.

Said Nicola Sturgeon, “Emergency legislation will give us these powers within days and we all not hesitate to use them if necessary. But pubs etc shouldn’t wait for that – they should do the right thing now. Indeed the vast majority are. Those who don’t put lives at risk.”

Police Scotland said closure orders would be served where necessary.

 

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