Pubs and bars across Scotland are fuming after Nicola Sturgeon failed to offer a date for when they could reopen with outdoor seating areas.

The First Minister confirmed today the country would move to phase two of easing lockdown restrictions and revealed all retail stores could reopen as of June 29 if they had outdoor entrances.

But there was no indication of when the hospitality industry could get back to business despite widespread hopes among landlords that beer gardens would be allowed under phase two with social distancing in place.

Chris Lessani, co-owner of Sanctuary nightclub in Glasgow's west end, said the decision does not make sense.

He told the Record work had been going on for two weeks to prepare an outdoor space for 120 people at his premises on Dumbarton
Road - with social distancing in place.

"We thought we would be given a notice period of one or two weeks before an actual reopening date," he said.

"There was a lot of wishful thinking that it would be this weekend but we thought it would take some time. The fact they've just given a review date is not great for the industry. We thought we would be given a concrete date.

"We've spent money on getting the place prepared. We've had guys working on it for about two weeks putting the necessary measures in
place. But at the end of the day we've got it ready now. It's not money that's lost. We're now ready to go whenever it comes.

"The whole situation doesn't make any sense. Why has she set out a roll-out plan, and then roll it all back in again?"

Louise Maclean, owner of The Meadowpark pub in Bridge of Allan, vented frustration on social media: "A bit disappointed. We had 3 beer gardens ready to open with staff unfurloughed, food and drink purchased."

In Holyrood, Sturgeon delivered the bad news for pubs as she set out changes to phase two.

She said: "Unfortunately, I am not able to give a date for that just yet. We may be able to set a date later that is within phase two, but I have commissioned further advice from our Scientific Advisory Group to inform this decision.

"There is emerging evidence that places such as pubs, restaurants and gyms can be hotspots for transmission. It is important that we better
understand this evidence, and what further mitigation might be necessary to protect people in such spaces, before we permit them to open."