Aberdeen lockdown to end this week with pubs and restaurants set to reopen

Aberdeen will finally emerge from its local lockdown this week after Nicola Sturgeon announced an easing of restrictions.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen in the Granite City from Wednesday while a ban on residents travelling further than five miles for recreation will be lifted as of Monday.

Aberdonians will also be able to visit each other’s homes from tomorrow, in line with national guidelines.

Businesses due to open tomorrow in line with the national route map can also reopen, with the exception of cafes and restaurants which must wait another two days.

Restaurants, pubs and casinos will be able to open from Wednesday once an environmental health check has been completed.

The latest figures show a total of 427 cases have been identified in the Grampian Health Board area since 26 July. Of these 259 are associated with the same cluster linked to Aberdeen pubs, and 1,258 contacts have now been identified from those.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am grateful to people in Aberdeen – the local authority and health board, local businesses, and everyone who lives there – for complying so well with the rules that were put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“In particular I am grateful for the understanding of the businesses that were required to close in order to help beat the virus.

“It’s due to the commitment of people in the city, as well as world class contact tracing that means we are now able to lift some of these measures from Monday and then again from Wednesday, but it is vitally important that everyone follows the FACTS rules in order to prevent an outbreak of this scale occurring again.

“That way we can move forward and get our economy, our society and our lives generally back to as much normality as possible.”

Susan Webb, Director of Public Health for NHS Grampian said: “We must be cautious to ensure the progress we have made is maintained.

“Crucially, we must all be observing physical distancing from those not in our immediate household; whether at work, meeting socially, in a supermarket or out for exercise and recreation. It is also vitally important that anyone identified as a close contact of a detected case follows the guidance on isolating for 14 days.”

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