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Nicola Sturgeon’s latest approach to the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland has been branded a “hammer blow” to businesses by Ruth Davidson. The Scottish Conservative had hit out at the First Minister’s announcement that some areas will be moved into Tier 4 restrictions, the highest level. This move means that restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars will be closed as well as “close contact” services such as hairdressers.
Ms Davidson told Scottish Parliament: “Today’s news will come as an immediate hammer blow for thousands of small businesses in the affected areas who have fought since March to stay open.
“They’ve kept their head above water, survived the spring lockdown, late summer and autumn restrictions only to be faced again now with a further period of closure.
“Sustained government support will be critical to their survival.
“We have seen the concerns expressed by business organisations over the past 24 hours.”
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