It’s a Black Friday or Mad Friday like no other for pubs in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian. Instead of preparing for an influx of customers they are getting set to join Edinburgh and a further 18 Council areas in Tier 3. They will close at 6pm tonight as the Scottish Government tries to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
Allan Henderson of the McGinty’s Group told BBC Radio Scotland, “We are having to shut up shop on what is usually the busiest day of the year. We were only told on Tuesday – so people had already made their reservations – so staff have had to phone around everyone to cancel.”
He continued, “It seems it is a lot harder to come back down a level than it is to go up. Hospitality is being absolutely crucified.”
Meanwhile Inverclyde, Falkirk and Angus will move to Tier 2, and Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish borders will move from Tier 2 to Tier 1. That brings the number of Councils in Tier 1 to 7 and in Tier 2 to 4 and in Tier 3 to 21.