The lack of a start date for events and functions in Scotland will have a “significant impact” on hospitality businesses, Kate Nicholls has warned.

The UK Hospitality CEO said targeted additional support was vital, such as extended furlough, rent help and extension of business rate holiday for 2021.

She was reacting to Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s update on coronavirus restrictions, which did not ask people to return to work.

A full return to office working would significantly increase the risk of transmission, she warned.

“For now, working from home remains the default position,” she said.

Bowling alleys, casinos, bingo halls and amusements will be open from 24 August, gyms, swimming pools and indoor sports courts from 31 August, while more restrictions could be lifted on 14 September.

It would see sports stadiums, theatres and live music venues reopened with social distancing, limits on capacity and enhanced hygiene.