GLASWEGIANS have claimed new rules forcing restrictions on cafes and restaurants in the city are "clear as mud". 

From 6pm this evening, all licensed premises - with the exception of hotels for residents - will be required to close indoors and outdoors.

Cafes will be able to stay open until 6pm to support social isolation as long as they don't serve alcohol.

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This was only cleared up by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon a day after her initial announcement, which originally stated that all licensed premises in the Central Belt were required to close.

However, The Scottish Licensed Trade Association has criticised as "ridiculous" the fact they still don't know which venues will be allowed to open. 

They tweeted: "Absolutely ridiculous that on the day new regulations come into force we still do not know what licensed premises in the Central Belt will be allowed to open till 6pm for food only - shambles. What is a “licensed cafe?” Find out maybe today!"

We asked our readers what they think of the rule changes and they wasted little time in telling it as they saw it.

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Tushar Ahmed wrote: "There is no separate licence for cafe and restaurant, both need to apply for same premises licence. How do you define cafe and restaurant licence? 

"Rules should be same for all, and it can give a lifeline and little bit of cash flow for restaurants by opening for lunch especially in city centre. High street is dying. And big chains are making money." 

Roxanne Etherson wrote: "Understand [Nicola Sturgeon] has linked positive cases to people who have been out partying/drinking but don't think its fair on restaurants to have to close when cafes are still open.

"Not all go to restaurants to eat and drink alcohol. I go with my family and have two kids so alcohol isn't on my mind.

"Restaurants could have had their alcohol licence suspended for the two weeks!" 

Saorsa Fenweh wrote: "Are we allowed to buy booze out shops n go down the woods?

"Trained for this in my teenage years even in baltic weather." 

Gail Ross wrote: "Why can't food places that have alcohol license have their license suspended to still sell food and soft drinks?"

Gail Dick: "What's the difference if I had lunch in a cafe that can stay open but can't have it in a restaurant?" 

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Elaine Jeffries wrote: "I want to know how the virus can tell if its coke in my glass or vodka n coke?" 

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Stephen Miller simply wrote: "Clear as mud." 

Others hit back, claiming the rules are more about the behaviour of people than the setting. 

Jeff Mooney wrote: "People commenting facetiously about how the virus doesn't know the difference between alcohol and coffee are idiots.

"It's not about what's in the glass. It's about human behaviour while under the influence.

"Considering the behaviour of some of the fools on this page while not under the influence, I'm not surprised."