SCOTLAND’S licensed hospitality trade has today received confirmation that “vertical drinking” in licensed premises will be permitted from Monday.
Colin Wilkinson, managing director of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA), attended a meeting today with the Scottish Government and other industry groups at which officials provided clarity following confusing messages from Deputy First Minister John Swinney on BBC Radio Scotland this morning.
Mr Wilkinson said:
It is absolutely crucial to have this clarified although we are still waiting for the finer detail on this and other questions. However, we thank the Scottish Government for their time today and hope that further information is forthcoming before Monday.
Mr Swinney’s comments were both unhelpful and misinformed.”