Scotland's papers: 'Pandemic prohibition' as FM calls 'last orders'

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The Scottish Daily Mail describes the new coronavirus restrictions, which will see pubs and restaurants close in the central belt for 16 days, as 'pandemic prohibition'. The "drastic" measures apply to five health board areas - Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Lothian and Ayrshire and Arran - where about 3.4 million people live.
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"Last Orders" is the headline in the Edinburgh Evening News. The paper carries a warning from pubs that the move will have a devastating impact and force some to close for good.
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The i features a picture of customers being served in a beer garden by a masked member of staff on its front page. The hospitality industry said the new measures are a "death sentence" for the sector but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs it is "essential" to halt the spread of the virus.
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The Press and Journal features two empty beer glasses on its front page. The paper also features a picture of Scotland stars Stuart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie will all miss Scotland's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel. The trio has been removed from the squad after Armstrong tested positive for Covid-19.
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The Scotsman features a striking picture of a bearded man in a kilt clutching a pint outside The Last Drop pub in Edinburgh. The paper also carries a warning from the hospitality industry that thousands of operators could be out of business by Christmas.
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A picture of the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wearing a tartan face mask features on the front page of the Daily Record under the headline "Last Chance Saloon". The paper also reports on what it describes as a "bombshell letter" from Ms Sturgeon on her relationship with former first minister Alex Salmond. The first minister's written evidence to the inquiry into her government's botched handling of complaints against her predecessor was published on Wednesday.
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'Nic's Got Us All Hammered' is the headline in The Scottish Sun. The paper reports the news measures have been described as "cataclysmic" for the hospitality sector. The paper also reports First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she "forgot" about a meeting in which she believes she was told about complaints against Alex Salmond.
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Criticism of the first minister's decision to impose new Covid restrictions dominates the front page of The Herald. The paper reports Ms Sturgeon came under fire from both hospitality industry leaders and opposition politicians, who hit out over a "lack of consultation and evidence".
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The Daily Telegraph highlights the fact that the first minister's announcement came on the day a record 1,054 positive Covid-19 cases were recorded. It also covers the cancellation of National 5 exams in 2021 and reports they will be replaced with teacher assessments and coursework.
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The Scottish Daily Express reports the new restrictions amount to "Doomsday for Scots pubs". It also features a picture of Hollywood legend Jane Fonda on its front page.
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As well as the "backlash" against the new restrictions, The Times reports that last month was the hottest September on record across the globe.
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The Glasgow Times focuses on the shutdown and its impact of the city's pubs and clubs. It also features a picture of a church that was vandalised just hours before a funeral was held.
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The Courier reports a £40m relief scheme will aim to help businesses affected by the restrictions. Other measures announced by the first minister include stricter social distancing and face mask rules and an appeal for people to avoid using public transport.
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The Daily Star features Still Game star Boaby the barman on its front page and a cartoon-style speech bubble which says: "Scotland? Just get oot now, yer all barred!"
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As well as the new restrictions, The National reports on a Holyrood vote to "reject Tory Westminster power grab".
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The Evening Telegraph leads with a court story about an alleged robbery involving an attack with a dog chain and a cleaver.

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