Another report from SBS (Selfish Bar Stewards):
A COVID-19 restrictions “wrecking ball” has cost Scotland’s self-catering holiday providers £265m since September. The alarming findings have sent what was described as a “shockwave of dismay” through the sector which is supporting the staycation boom and raised serious questions about the impact on the wider tourism sector vital to Scotland’s economy.
It beggars belief, to use ‘shockwave of dismay‘ to describe lost income for caravan and chalet owners.
Here’s a shockwave, a ‘tsunami of death‘ even, as our media love to describe it:
There had been around 2 500 deaths due to Covid by the end of September as the last tourists returned from overseas holidays and as the last UK ‘staycationers’ headed south. Soon after, infection rates began to climb and weeks later, the death rate followed. By the 10th of December, 4 000 had died as the infection spread into the older and more vulnerable.
Throughout July and early August, the infection rate was in single figures and the death rate was zero. Who can forget the First Minister’s relief as she announced day after day, that there had been no deaths in the last 24 hours?
Yesterday, the National reported the First Minister:
SCOTLAND’S second wave of coronavirus infections was caused largely by UK and international travel, according to a new report. Speaking as she revealed details of the report to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), Nicola Sturgeon said these journeys had “reignited” the virus after it had been suppressed. The First Minister said such risks were the reason why the Scottish Government recommended against non-essential travel outside of the country and for legal restrictions being in place to prevent people travelling between areas in level 3 and 4.
You have to wonder what these ‘business folk’ are thinking.