Tourist businesses want FM to rule out closing border

By Democrat reporter

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the First Minister to warn that hotels and holiday lets are facing cancellations from English holidaymakers as a result of what one tourism business described as the “ever present threat of a quarantine on visitors from south of the border.”

In his letter he called for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to ensure that support schemes for the tourist and hospitality industry are extended so as to support the sector throughout its recovery and to use her next press conference to make clear that a nationwide quarantine of people from the rest of the UK will not happen.

Willie Rennie commented: “The threat of cross-border quarantine is taking a real financial toll on hard-hit small businesses across Scotland.

“Constituents have been in touch with me to report losing thousands of pounds worth of bookings from English visitors who are thinking twice about venturing North. 

“We will of course have to be responsive to any flare-ups or cluster outbreaks of the virus. But this blanket threat is harming our tourism sector in a critical, and already cut short, season.”

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