Restaurant owner serves meals to 60 diners to protest Scottish lockdown rules

A Scottish restaurant has held a protest against coronavirus restrictions by hosting diners in his Glasgow restaurant.

Pubs and bars have been shut down in the Central Belt area of the country for the past 16 days restaurants in a bid to stop covid.

Buck's Bar owner, Michael Bergens, served 60 diners meals on Monday as part of his protest – because he is frustrated about the new restrictions.

Michael insists 'social distancing measures were already in place' such as spaced out tables and perspex screens at the protest dubbed Eat Out To Reach Out.

He said the hospitality sector is being scapegoated and that a balance has to be struck between protecting mental health and stopping the spread of a virus.

He told the Daily Record: "The hospitality sector is being unfairly scapegoated.

"Politicians say they'd rather see the hospitality sector close down, including the First Minister.

"The bottom line is, if you have the safety measures in place it shouldn't matter if you're a pub, a bar, a restaurant even a nightclub."

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Michael said he feels 'let down' by the latest wave of restrictions.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last week announced an extension to the restrictions until November 2.

It will then be followed by a new five-tier system that will then be implemented.

Among those flouting the rules on Monday at Buck's Bar were diners Kevin McGill, 48, and his wife, Lisa, 40, from the Cranhill area of Glasgow.

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Project manager Kevin, who tucked into chicken and waffles, told the Record: "We've had a lot going on this year.

"It's been tough for all of us.

"It was really safe and clean inside, the food and staff were great."

The mum-and-dad of two say restaurants should be allowed to reopen their doors.

Support worker Linda added: "If Primark and the supermarkets can pile in their customers then what's wrong with a restaurant that has social distancing?

"People sometimes need to get out the house, this kind of thing really helps with your mental health.

"Our eldest son Aiden, 12, started high school this year and it's been hard for the kids too.

"We've had a lovely day out."

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