covid hospitality

The Scottish Hospitality Group, whose members employ over 6,000 people, has suffered only 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff since July.

Eight of those cases occurred between July and October, it is claimed, before the Scottish tier system was introduced.

While the majority of confirmed cases among staff came in the period following lockdown restrictions of December 26.

Member firms have been notified of 30 cases among millions of customers, according to The Scottish Hospitality Group.

Though, as in England, it is still unclear what proportion of cases in hospitality are investigated by Contact Tracing.

Stephen Montgomery, spokesperson for SHG, said: “This clearly shows that we’re all better off when responsible hospitality businesses can provide safer places to socialise than when getting tougher is driven to other areas, such as house visits.

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“Our figures prove that Scotland’s pubs, restaurants and hotels are part of the solution rather than being responsible for the spread of the virus, or - to quote the First Minister - ‘a hot spot’.

“Instead of criticising from a position of ignorance, we’d urge politicians and Holyrood candidates to visit their local hospitality business as soon as restrictions allow and see for themselves how much our committed staff are doing to keep everyone safe.

“After the worst December in living memory, we have already had a tough start to 2021. In December alone, our members lost £9.6m of revenue – money that would normally keep business afloat until the spring. It’s vital that the Scottish hospitality sector is well supported until we can reopen safely and play our crucial role in rebuilding the Scottish economy.”