Nicola Sturgeon skewered as ‘lack of consultation’ on pub ban sparks fury across border

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Nicola Sturgeon insisted latest data showing the R rate is currently around 1.6 justifies her decision to shut down the hospitality industry for the next two weeks. The First Minister said the restrictions would help keep the spread of the coronavirus under control and contribute to bringing down the number of people someone with the virus can infect. But Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard called out Ms Sturgeon for her failure to consult with businesses before springing the new policy on them.

Mr Leonard reported several restaurants and pubs owners as well as the Scottish Chamber of Commerce had reported a “complete and utter lack of consultation with business” on the new restrictions.

The Labour politician demanded additional information on the data supporting the introduction of the new measures as he accused Ms Sturgeon of keeping businesses “in the dark”.

The First Minister however dismissed the claims as she reported to have kept in contact with business and stakeholders before any major decisions is taken.

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