Leitch confirms vertical drinking will be allowed

Fears that Scotland’s pubs would not be able to allow vertical drinking were squashed by Scottish Government officials yesterday despite Deputy First Minister John Swinney stating earlier in the day on radio that it would not be allowed.

The apparent U-turn by the Government, came as pubs and clubs prepared to open, some for the first time, from Monday.

Jason Leitch, Scotland’s National Clinical Director confirmed to the BBC that drinking at the bar would be allowed and he suggested that clubbers would not be required to wear masks, although he did advise pubs to consider table service or other measures if overcrowding was likely to be an issue.”

Conservative Health spokesperson Annie Wells said, “This is a shambles. Within a few hours the SNP Government have u-turned on what John Swinney emphatically told everyone earlier.

John Swiney doesn’t need a vertical drink, he needs a good long horizontal lie down.”



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