A prominent Glasgow restaurateur has expressed his disappointment at the latest coronavirus restrictions. 

Michael Bergson, who owns popular restaurants Buck's Bar and Thundercat, is worried about the impact new restrictions will have on the hospitality industry. 

He said: "It has been a busy week for the old license industry we have gone from the rule of eight for three families to the rule of six for two families 

"There has been a 10pm curfew imposed on the entire industry.

"The First Minister has talked about locking down the entire industry or the desire to do so and students have also been told to stay away from pubs and restaurants."

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Nicola Sturgeon confirmed venues will be forced to close their doors at 10pm in an effort to curb the virus.

But the restaurant owner believes this may further threaten the hospitality industry, especially bars which rely on late-night traffic. 

"Bad news is this will not help wet-led pubs that do all of their business later on in the evening.

"It will not help the late-night industry, it will not help nightclubs and wage assistance is no use if you are not doing any sales. 

"And with all these measures being put in place including the ridiculous music ban, making money in bars is harder than ever."

Despite some good news such as an extension of a VAT cut for the hard-hit industry until March 31, Mr Bergson expressed overall concerns for the economy. 

The UK chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the extension on Thursday. 

Mr Bergson said: "Good news that the VAT reduction has been extended for a few months and we will get some assistance off the government to pay some wages which will save some jobs so good news there thank you Rishi Sunak, very nice of ya.

"Now I know everyone says this is all about saving lives but this is us getting into hundreds and hundreds of billions of pounds now.

"You are looking to give our industry more money to put us out of business for periods of time, to pay our staff's wages and also to curb our business in order that we can't pay as much tax revenue as we normally would be. The public will have to pay for this."

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We don’t want the restrictions in place for any longer than is needed, but the measures are in place for good reason: the advice remains that hospitality premises should have no background music or volume from TVs because of the increased risk of transmission from aerosol and droplets when people raise their voices.

“This measure is being kept under review and further advice will be provided in due course.

“We fully appreciate how difficult it has been for the hospitality sector, including pubs and restaurants, and there have been so many examples of how they have adapted to offer services to people at the different stages of lockdown.

"Throughout this unprecedented economic crisis we have listened to businesses and business organisations and acted quickly to offer support, which now exceeds £2.3 billion, including 100% rates relief for pubs and restaurants for the year and a £30 million Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund in recognition of how devastating the pandemic has been on the hospitality industry and its importance to our economy.

“Job creation is at the heart of our new Programme for Government and the Scottish Government is doing everything in its power to support the hospitality industry, however without significant borrowing powers at our disposal this action will always be limited.”