A fuming Scots restaurant owner has protested against coronavirus restrictions by hosting diners in his Glasgow food joint.

Buck's Bar owner, Michael Bergens, dubbed the peaceful protest, Eat Out To Reach Out, which took place between 2pm and 5pm on Monday.

Scots in need, nominated by loved ones, tucked into fried chicken and waffles at the popular West Regent Street franchise with the final bill on the house.

Michael, 45, said the hospitality sector is being scapegoated and that a balance has to be struck between protecting mental health and stopping the spread of a virus.

The restaurant chief told the Record: "The hospitality sector is being unfairly scapegoated.

"Politicians say they'd rather see the hospitality sector close down, including the First Minister.

"The bottom line is, if you have the safety measures in place it shouldn't matter if you're a pub, a bar, a restaurant even a nightclub."

For the past 16 days restaurants, pubs and bars have been shut down in the Central Belt as part of 'circuit-breaker' measures designed to help stop the spread of deadly Covid-19.

Michael Bergson is the owner of Buck's Bar in Glasgow.

Hotels are only able to cater for residents and cannot serve alcohol.

Michael, like most of those running hospitality businesses, feels 'let down' by the latest wave of restrictions, and had been looking forward to today when they were expected to be lifted.

But just last week the First Minister announced an extension until November 2 and a new five-tier system that will then be implemented.

Among those flouting the rules on Monday at Buck's Bar were diners Kevin McGill, 48, and his wife, Lisa, 40, from the Cranhill area of Glasgow.

The couple were nominated by their friend after a tough year where Kevin's mother died suddenly and his father was put into a care home suffering from dementia.

Kevin McGill attended Eat Out To Reach Out after a tough year for his family.

Project manager Kevin, who tucked into chicken and waffles, told the Record: "We've had a lot going on this year.

"It's been tough for all of us.

"It was really safe and clean inside, the food and staff were great."

The mum-and-dad of two say restaurants should be allowed to reopen their doors.

Support worker Linda added: "If Primark and the supermarkets can pile in their customers then what's wrong with a restaurant that has social distancing?

"People sometimes need to get out the house, this kind of thing really helps with your mental health.

"Our eldest son Aiden, 12, started high school this year and it's been hard for the kids too.

"We've had a lovely day out."

Michael Bergson says the Scottish Gorvernment are not engaging with all sectors.

Buck's Bar, which also has a franchise in the city's Trongate, had bookings for around 60 diners as part of the protest.

Michael maintains that 'social distancing measures were already in place' such as spaced out tables and perspex screens.

He slammed the First Minister for "not following the will of the people" and says "enough is enough".

Appealing to Sturgeon directly, he added: "The First Minister is constantly saying that the restrictions are essential.  

"But look at countries all across the world, there are many more ways of doing things than what the First Minister is suggesting.

Staff at Buck's Bar fear for their business amid the latest coronavirus restrictions.

"You can't get an overview of everything that's happening in society by listening to one room full of clinicians and scientists with a couple of politicians.  

"The FM really needs to start engaging with lots of different industries and lots of different areas of society, it's crucial.

"Quite frankly, things are getting more complicated, she's not following the will of the people."

He also stressed the importance of looking after the nation's mental health.

He said: "An ICU nurse got in touch and said that, where she works, the number of overdoses and attempted overdoses are taking over the number of Covid-19 admissions.

"This is something that needs to be spoken about too."

The protest comes as Scotland recorded another 1,122 coronavirus cases over the past 24-hour period and as one new Covid-19 related death was announced.

A total of 1,052 coronavirus patients are in hospitals.

There are currently 90 people in intensive care units in Scottish hospitals suffering from the virus.

The rise in cases was confirmed as Sturgeon hinted Dundee is one of the area that could face tighter restrictions. MSPs will debate the new five-level alert system on Tuesday with details on local restrictions set to be announced later this week.

The Scottish Government has been contacted for comment.