New regulations will be published today, which will result in the closure of all "indoor" licensed premises across Scotland, and restrict restaurants from operating beyond 6pm.

In the central belt, restrictions are even tighter, with all licensed premises (except cafes)  having to close for a temporary period.

So a  licensed restaurant will have to close, but a licensed café will not.

The drafters of the regulations will have a task on their hands to determine what constitutes a café as opposed to a restaurant, given there is currently no clear distinction from either a planning or licensing perspective.   

No doubt many restaurants will question whether they can operate as a "café" in order to stay open. The government is advising that the regulations, when published, will make it clear as to what is a café.  But will it really be that clear cut?