Wedding venues will have to reimburse thousands of pounds a week due to “illogical and counterproductive” restrictions imposed by SNP ministers, industry leaders said Tuesday.
While weddings are now allowed to serve alcohol for up to 50 people indoors, the beleaguered industry has warned that Nicola Sturgeon’s refusal to set target dates for the resumption of “key aspects” of weddings threatens to “break” the sector.
Live music, dancing, and guest interaction are “essential” for couples “who believe they can have something close to the wedding they dreamed of,” argued Duncan McConchie, chairman of the Scottish Wedding Industry Alliance.
However, the Scottish Government’s guidelines for weddings even below Level 0, due to start only in late June, continue to require social distancing between guests and indoor face masks.
Ms. Sturgeon has refused to indicate when social restrictions that hospitality bosses say will bankrupt companies could be completely lifted.
Lisa Wishart of Lisini of Uddingston, who runs two wedding venues, said her company was forced to repay £ 10,000 a week as couples cancel their weddings.
“It’s understandable because they don’t know what to do, and neither do we. If someone has a wedding in Level 2 in August, can the father lead the bride down the aisle? If it’s a Level 1 wedding in September, can they line up? “
Lisini had to quadruple the number of people employed in the food service because another rule says that venues can only use one server per table, which, in addition to other restrictions, means that the company is “likely to lose money on most weddings it is legally obliged to honor ”.
It is because Scotland continues to have low numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. Only 139 new infections and no further deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.
Despite the positive public health data and calls for an accelerated easing of the lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that her route map is unlikely to change outside of the lockdown, and her government has been heavily criticized for making last-minute rules and complicated Has imposed rules on hospitality.
“Publishing guidelines ten days before they go into effect will do nothing but destroy our industry, make businesses fail, and create more mental health problems for business owners and operators,” warned McConchie.
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