The SNP fully appreciates the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on the hospitality sector and that is why, in government, we provided funding of over £3 billion to support businesses affected by Covid-19.
As the current Cabinet Secretary of Economy, I recognise the important role pubs play in many peoples’ lives and within communities.
To support the sector through the next year, the SNP Government have committed to 100% rates relief for tourism & hospitality for 2021-22.
As the vaccine roll-out continues, and the lockdown restrictions are easing, we know more is needed to help hospitality businesses get firmly back on their feet.
When it is safe to do so, we will launch a campaign to encourage people to support local tourism and hospitality in Scotland.