THE owners and senior managers of over 100 Scottish hotels have written to the First Minister calling for changes to the new Covid-19 measures introduced on Friday.

The hotels, which include Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire and Prestonfield House In Edinburgh, say that the rules, which prohibit the sale of alcohol in public areas to hotel guests, will lead to thousands of job losses because of a damaging drop in revenues. Jill Chalmers, of Glenapp, said “this measure in particular is threatening the small thread of revenue, a lifeline for many, which still exists for hotels in Scotland at this difficult time”.