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Plough Inn in Rosemarkie on the Black Isle joins list of hospitality traders closing during latest coronavirus restrictions; Call for continued support of local Ross-shire business amid upbeat call to pull together between Covid-19


By Hector MacKenzie

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The Plough Inn: 'An integral part of Black Isle culture and community'.
The Plough Inn: 'An integral part of Black Isle culture and community'.

A WELL-known Black Isle restaurant and bar has announced it will temporarily close its doors during the latest coronavirus restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government.

The Plough Inn in Rosemarkie announced that it had taken the decision with regret following the First Minister's announcementearlier in the week.

Those were made in response to a rising infection rate in parts of Scotland with restrictions in the central belt more stringent.

Many in the struggling hospitality industry have said the restrictions mean it will be cheaper for them to close. They came into effect yesterday for a period of 16 days.

The Plough Inn announced: "This year has been difficult for us all and I think the hospitality sector is often a needed escape from it all. It's a sad day for businesses, employees and, of course, the general public.

"The support we have received since opening from both locals and tourists alike has been. It has been a truly fantastic experience to have the honour of operating the pub and I am motivated now, more than ever, to continue to push on with improvements and ensuring its long-standing tradition of being an integral part of Black Isle culture and community remains intact.

"Thankfully this is a see you soon and not goodbye!"

It plans to announce further reopening plans next week.

It said: "Your continued support is vital now more than ever, for all local business. If we all pull together I believe through our shared endeavour we will get through this!"

Related: How many businesses will be forced to close?

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