A small business group has called for clarity from the Scottish Government over coronavirus restrictions.
The batch of temporary measures is due to be lifted on Monday, with the Scottish Government planning to release a new strategic framework at the end of this week that will introduce a tiered system to be put in place across Scotland.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the framework will be subject to debate next week in the Scottish Parliament, meaning the current restrictions will expire before the debate can take place.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Scottish Government to provide clarity on how the restrictions will impact firms across the country.
Andrew McRae, the Scottish policy chairman for the FSB, said: “With the current round of hospitality restrictions due to expire at the end of this weekend, many businesses – as well as their suppliers and customers – want to know what trading conditions they’ll face from Monday.
“Firms are asking whether they should order stock or take bookings. Clarity on this point is required now.”
Mr McRae also asked the Scottish Government to provide urgent guidance on financial support that will be in place for businesses impacted by future restrictions.
He said: “Help for business to survive this crisis can’t be an afterthought.
“That’s why when ministers outline their strategic plan for tackling the virus later this week, it must include the details that are important for business.
“That means specifics on the restrictions that firms should expect in particular circumstances, as well as any financial support to which they’d be entitled.”
He urged eligible businesses affected by the current coronavirus restrictions to apply for assistance through the Scottish Government’s grant schemes which opened on Tuesday.
Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available with local authorities handling applications, which will close on November 3.