More than 2,000 jobs are being axed at a pub chain with businesses across Tayside and Fife as curfews after new coronavirus restrictions hammered trade.
Marston’s said around 2,150 of its UK pub workers currently on furlough support will be impacted, while it will also launch a further cost-cutting plan by the end of the year.
The firm is behind Dunnichen Stone in Forfar, Camperdown Elm in Dundee, Sweet Chesnut in Dunfermline and Spiral Weave in Kirkcaldy.
Marston’s put the blame squarely on the recent nationwide measures to tackle the surge in coronavirus cases, which has seen curfews placed on hospitality venues and the closures of sites not serving food in high-risk areas such as Liverpool.
The pub and brewery group said it has 21 sites in Scotland, of which eight are currently closed, and 18 in the Tier 3 Liverpool region, although the majority of these serve food and are allowed to remain open.
Ralph Findlay, chief executive of Marston’s, said: “The additional restrictions which have been applied across the UK most recently present significant challenges to us and will make business more difficult for a period of time.
“I very much regret that the consequence of this is that the jobs of around 2,150 of our colleagues will be impacted, but it is an inevitable consequence of the limitations placed upon our business.
“We will be looking at our cost base further in the coming weeks.”