A WEST End shop worker has said she fears for the future of independent business across Glasgow as the “devastating” pre-Christmas lockdown continues.

Jenni Lemon said the decision to place the city into level four for three weeks in the run up to Christmas will have a “catastrophic” impact on local brands.

Ms Lemon runs the fashion and lifestyle boutiques the Pink Poodle, on Cresswell Lane, and Gallus Alice, in Finnieston.

She said: “For us, certainly at this time of year, it’s devastating for us to have to be closed - particularly when there are rumours and talk of another lockdown in January.

“As a small retailer, we really need the six weeks to Christmas after the most dreadful year. This makes it very, very tough.

“We appreciate we have to protect the NHS and protect the vulnerable - absolutely - but there’s an argument for the standard of living for people after this if even more people lose their jobs and businesses close.”

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English scientific experts warned any easing of Covid-19 restrictions for Christmas could result in the need for yet another lockdown in the new year.

However, Jenni insists any further closures could mark the end for local shops without being offered a “fighting chance” to trade in the run up to Christmas.

Shops closed their doors to customers at 6pm on November 20 and won’t reopen until next week.

While click and collect services and the store’s website remains open, Jenni says it’s not enough to sustain both shops and their staff long term.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “Every decision we take has the sole objective of trying to keep the country as safe as possible, with as few lives lost and as little harm to health – and, indeed, as little harm to the overall economy – as possible.

“Clearly, if we do not properly control the virus, the damage to the economy becomes worse, and the effects will be even longer lasting.

“We know how difficult this is for businesses across Scotland and we are doing everything we can with the powers we have to help.

“We are offering support which now exceeds £2.3 billion and providing grants to businesses required by law to close.

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"Grant payments are administered by local councils and we are working with them to ensure funding is distributed to businesses as quickly as possible. Retail business that have to close can continue to sell goods using online, click and collect and telephone ordering services.”