Nicola Sturgeon was challenged to issue a firm route map allowing the wedding industry to reopen as she was faced with a firm warning about the Government’s lack of clarity during the coronavirus pandemic. The First Minister confirmed pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen later in the month but several businesses are still waiting for the all-clear after nearly four months of complete lockdown. ITV Border reporter Gregory Hoare said: “We’ve spoken to the head of a wedding business in Dumfries and Galloway and he’s very keen to stress he is thankful for a lot of the measures the Government has put in place but when it comes to his industry he says you see to have been a lot slower than with other industries.
“He says, ‘We are infuriated. Airlines can take off as they please with 300 strangers yet we can’t hold weddings for more than eight people. And that’s outside.
“‘Our guests need at least three-months notice to send invitations out yet we don’t know what the route map is for us. A further update of July 23 is not enough. We need a firm route map with dates.’
“Why, for example, when pubs and restaurants can plan and prepare to reopen our wedding business is still waiting for that clarity?
“And when can you provide that route map he says they desperately need.”
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The SNP leader insisted she could understand the “frustration” of the industry but said she wanted to ensure the full-reopening of business could take place safely and with minimum risk of spreading the virus further.
She said: “I’ll set out our next route map on Thursday this week in Parliament.
I’m not to go into what those different decisions will be because we’re in a careful process to come to the right decisions.
“I understand the frustration and the anxiety of people in every single sector right now who are still operating under restrictions. But what I will say is that is not the case because we take any of these decisions lightly.
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There are 699 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, an increase of 17 on Monday.
Of these patients, seven were in intensive care, a fall of one.
Ms Sturgeon added: “We cannot, and this is a statement of the obvious, go on indefinitely with severe restrictions on our economy and on our way of life.
“That’s why I hope we will be able to confirm on Thursday that we are moving to phase three of our route out of lockdown.
“However, it is also why we are and must continue to be determined to ensure that our emergence from lockdown is both safe and sustainable.”
The SNP leader insisted Scots must take remain vigilant to ensure that lockdown measures are not reimposed, adding: “That risk is a very real one and we must not ever lull ourselves into a sense that we are somehow immune from that.”