A NUMBER of dining spots have been told to close by council officials following confusion over COVID-19 rules.

Earlier this month, Ayrshire was plunged into tighter restrictions with alcohol licensed venues ordered to shut.

Maidens bistro Ropes kept trading the weekend after the order was made for restaurants and bars to close. But it did not sell alcohol.

South Ayrshire Council stepped in to ask  the the venue to close temporarily.

The village restaurant which boasts seaside views,  announced to customers on social media it had to close on October 12.

Licensed cafes are still allowed to open until 6pm as long as they don’t sell booze. The decision led to uncertainty about what defined a cafe.

A council spokesman said: “Our Environmental Health and Trading Standing Officers have recently visited a number of hospitality premises to advise on and explain the temporary measures introduced by Scottish Government. Following these discussions, all of the premises have agreed to close.”

Ropes said on social media: “We apologise to our customers for the short notice but the local council have reviewed our situation and have made the decision that we are required to close in line  with the current COVID lockdown restrictions. We are aiming to reopen on Monday October 26 and will keep you all updated.”

Chain  Buzzworks and the Growler in Ayr are among businesses that can’t welcome diners to their premies.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described a cafe as  “where the primary business activity is the sale of non-alcoholic drinks, snacks or light meals.”

A decision on whether Ayrshire bars and restaurants can reopen is not expected until next week.

Ropes could not be reached for comment before deadline.