Businesses are calling for financial support this Christmas as the Scottish Government encourage Scots to cancel Christmas parties.
The Perthshire Chamber of Commerce is looking for this support from the government while agreeing that health has to come first.
Vicki Unite, Chief Executive of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, explained: “After the devastation of the past two years, our hard-hit hospitality businesses were looking forward to getting things back on track with a bumper Christmas and New Year, so this is obviously a major setback.
“I believe that many event cancellations have already happened and in others that have not cancelled there are dwindling numbers.
“This is understandable, given the Government’s advice, and the fact that health considerations have to be paramount, but I would echo the call for immediate financial compensation to go to those businesses affected.
“Any delay in this could result in businesses closing down and a widespread loss of jobs, which we must seek to avoid at all costs.”
The first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that rules on isolating are changing so all household contacts of any Covid cases should isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status.
Nicola Sturgeon also encouraged people to reconsider their festive plans as Scotland faces a ‘tsunami’ of COVID cases.
First minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “As the evidence paper makes clear, we are facing a renewed and very severe challenge in the shape of the Omicron variant.
“The much greater and faster transmissibility of this new variant means we may be facing a potential tsunami of infections.
“We must do all we can to break transmission chains, which is why we are acting now by changing isolation requirements and giving advice on work Christmas parties.
“I know that more restrictions could cause significant health, social and economic harms, especially after almost two years of this pandemic. But abiding by the new measures gives us the best chance of minimising further restrictions.”