06 Aug 2020

Local restrictions introduced in Aberdeen

Following an increase in coronavirus cases in Aberdeen, local restrictions have been introduced, including the closure of indoor and outdoor hospitality.

Taking effect from 5pm on Wednesday 5 August, bars, restaurants, cafes and pubs have been required by law to close. Hotel restaurants can remain open to provide food for existing guests, and takeaway services can continue.

People in Aberdeen City are asked not to meet other households indoors or travel more than five miles for leisure or recreational purposes.

People can continue to travel for work, or education purposes. Indoor visits to hospitals and care homes should be limited to essential visits only. Outdoor visits to care homes are permitted by one designated person, in line with current guidance.

The restrictions come as NHS Grampian have reported that as of 0900 on 5th August there were 54 positive cases of COVID-19 in the cluster associated with the Hawthorn Bar in Aberdeen. A total of 191 close contacts have been traced through Test & Protect.

NHS Grampian has published a list of venues which have been visited by people linked to the cluster, including 28 bars and cafes.

As of 6th August they are:

  • Bieldside Inn, Bobbin, Brewdog (Castlegate), Buckie Farm Carvery, Café Andaluz, Café Dag, Café Drummond, The Cock & Bull, College Bar, The Dutch Mill, Dyce Carvery, East End Social Club, Ferryhill House Hotel, Hawthorn/Adam Lounge, The Howff, The Justice Mill, The Marine Hotel, McGinty's, McNasty's, Malmaison, Moonfish Café, No.10 Bar, O'Donoghues, Old Bank Bar, Prohibition, Soul, Spider's Web, The Draft Project.
  • The list also includes Aboyne, Deeside and Hazelhead golf clubs, and the Banks O'Dee Football Club.

People who have visited any of these premises recently are being urged to be "extra vigilant" about symptoms.

This morning, the First Minister chaired a meeting of SGORR (the Scottish Government’s resilience committee) with Aberdeen City Council, NHS Grampian and Police Scotland to consider the response to the situation.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “These decisions have not been taken lightly.

“The fact that the outbreak is no longer simply associated with one location, combined with the accelerating increase in cases means we cannot rule out community transmission now being the case in Aberdeen.

“We are at a stage of this pandemic where extreme caution is still necessary. Acting now gives us the time and the space to protect the ability of our young people to return to full time education."

Andrew Goodacre, Bira CEO said: "We fully respect the need for action to be taken if there is a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in any specific area. I have sympathy for those independent business in the hospitality sector, which on this occasion seems to have been the epicentre of the increases in cases in Aberdeen.

"In terms of managing lockdowns, I would encourage authorities to consider the cause of any outbreak and reflect on the measures taken in retail to make employees and shoppers safe. It has never been safer to go to the shops and fortunately retail does not appear to be the cause of any outbreak in any part of the UK. We therefore applaud the decision in Aberdeen to keep retail out of any lockdown measures and we will be asking the rest of the UK’s authorities to follow suit. In return, I am asking all independent retailers to ensure that they are maintaining the covid-safe measures (especially the use of sanitiser), and keeping their premises and customers safe."

The Scottish Government is also advising people not to travel to Aberdeen while the restrictions are in place.

If people are already in Aberdeen visiting family or on holiday then they do not need to leave, but are asked to follow all the guidance and take extra care when returning home.

The current restrictions will be reviewed every seven days in discussion with local partners. The Scottish Government has not ruled out extending restrictions if necessary to protect public health.

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These restrictions apply to the Aberdeen City local authority area. If you are unsure if this applies, you can use this postcode lookup facility to determine your local authority.

If you are a member of Bira and are unsure how this local lockdown affects you, call the Bira Membership Team on 0121 446 6688 opt.1.



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