21 December 2021
CBI Scotland spokesperson said:
“While the Scottish Government is right to prioritise reducing transmission, the latest restrictions on hospitality, leisure and events businesses will leave them reeling after working tirelessly to clawback two years of lost takings.
“Once again the economy’s hardest-hit sectors are being asked to carry the can for protecting public health, yet are not being adequately compensated for restrictions that will clearly put operations and livelihoods at risk.
“While the announcement of further business support is welcome, it represents a drop in the ocean when compared with usual takings at this all-important time of year. What support is available must get out to those who need it most as soon as possible – particularly with so little time before devastating restrictions come into force.
“The ambition must be to learn to live with the virus whilst keeping the economy open. Instead the measures announced today effectively close down significant parts of industry at the worst possible time.”