Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery revealed today that from the 27th of December new statutory regulations will allow nightclubs to close legally which will mean that nightclub operators will be entitled to financial compensation.
He revealed the further amendment to the hospitality mitigations set in place earlier this week to the Covid 19 Recovery Committee.
He said, “There is one further change to our proposals that were announced earlier this week. Having engaged with the sector we now propose to require that nightclubs should not operate as such during this three week period, while it would be open for them to operate with distancing and table service, and that option will remain, we consider that closure in regulation combined financial support may reduce losses and help these businesses to weather what we hope will be a short period until they are able to operate normally again.”
This new statutory instrument will come into force from the 27th December.