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Chez Jules, on Hanover Street in Edinburgh, posted on their Instagram a cutting fake recipe taking the First Minister to task over her latest coronavirus restrictions. Ms Sturgeon has come under fire over rushed measures, including a total ban on indoor alcohol sales for pubs and 60 percent of Scotland’s restaurants being forced to go takeaway-only. It comes as Scotland, along with the rest of the UK, has seen rapidly rising cases of coronavirus over the last week.
In Edinburgh, the hospitality sector has been up in arms over the First Minister’s restrictions, where bars and restaurants are forced to close down for two weeks.
Chez Jules has taken to Instagram to attack MS Sturgeon’s tough new measures, and derided the hospitality closure as “notalockdown”.
In the fake recipe, Chez Jules said: “First wait for winter weather.
“Make sure no one can meet a home so that we can only meet family or friends in restaurants, pubs cafés and other establishments that care for the public, then wait a few weeks and suddenly close the restaurants and pubs so that people can not meet now anywhere.”
The mock post followed an outcry from Scotland’s hospitality sector, with central belt cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow facing the two week forced closure.
Bartenders in Edinburgh dumped their leftover ice outside of Holyrood in protest of the new measures on Friday.
Organisers have said that the action taken is “to symbolise that we’ve been put on ice for the next 16 days”.
Sian Buchan, Owner of Uno Mas, said to Edinburgh Live about the protest: “As a new business owner it’s terrifying and uncertain. I understand that something has to be done, but I feel like hospitality is becoming a scapegoat.”
Ms Sturgeon also face criticism from MSPs and Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative leader.
Ms Davidson said there was a lack of details in the £40 million support package announced by the First Minister for the businesses forced to close.
The Tory leader said: “These businesses deserve better.
“They need to know how much they can apply for, when they can apply for it and how long they will have to wait before support reaches them. Those answers could have been provided today, but Nicola Sturgeon failed to do that.”
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Ms Sturgeon defended the hellish guidelines at the time by citing the rapidly rising infection rate in Scotland.
She said, despite conceding a “vast majority” of pubs had been compliant with guidelines: “Indoor environments, where different households from different age groups can mix, inevitably present a risk of transmission.
“That risk can be increased in some hospitality premises if good ventilation is difficult, and if it is hard to control the movement of people.
“And the presence of alcohol can of course affect people’s willingness to physically distance.”
It comes as Scotland has recorded a total of 38,998 cases and 2,550 deaths from coronavirus as of October 11.
Sunday saw a further 956 new cases of the virus recorded, but no new deaths.
But concern has been raised over rising hospitalisation rates, with 35 Scots in intensive care and 449 in hospital yesterday, according to Public Health Scotland.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also gearing up to announced a three-tier restrictions in England today, with the toughest measures seeing overnight stays banned.
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