23 August 2020 22:32
Aberdeen lockdown restrictions are to begin easing tonight, the Scottish Government has confirmed. By tomorrow, the city will be "broadly" in line with the rest of Scotland as the five mile travel limit, hospital and care home visiting and restrictions on gatherings will be lifted. From Wednesday, cafes, pubs, casinos and restaurants will be allowed to open again provided they have had an environmental health check. Owners are being urged to contact Aberdeen City Council if they have not yet had a check, to enable them to reopen. While the lockdown is easing in the area, Scottish Government officials have said they will not hesitate in extending restrictions if they feel it is necessary for public health.
Susan Webb, Director of Public Health for NHS Grampian said: 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. 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. 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.
But pubs, cafes, restaurants, casinos and other hospitality premises won't open until later this week. The announcement follows a SGORR meeting today - which included partners from Aberdeen City Council, NHS Grampian and Police Scotland. The latest figures show a total of 427 cases have been identified in the Grampian Health Board area since July 26. 3 A total of 427 cases have been identified in the Grampian Health Board area since late July Credit: AFP First Minister 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. Related Stories Live Blog VIRUS UPDATE Coronavirus UK latest news: Millions broke furlough rules in lockdown - LIVE NO WAVE No virus cases for month in most of England & second lockdown 'unnecessary' SCHOOLS IN Just 0.01% of schools affected by Covid-19 outbreaks after schools reopened PJANIC POSITIVE Barca confirm Pjanic has tested positive for Covid-19 after Juventus move Live Blog COVID NEWS Three new cases confirmed at Blantyre school as Aberdeen lockdown lifts SCHOOL CASES Two pupils & staff member test positive for coronavirus at Blantyre school Susan Webb, Director of Public Health for NHS Grampian said: "We must be cautious to ensure the progress we have made is maintained.
"The commitment of people in Aberdeen to sticking to the local lockdown rules and the hard work of NHS staff has driven down the Coronavirus infection rate to a point where it is now possible to end the local lockdown. A further outbreak, with the attached risk of a further local lockdown, would be disastrous for our city and its economy." A NUMBER of lockdown restrictions will be lifted at midnight in Aberdeen, the Scottish Government has announced. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out the timeline after a SGORR meeting on Sunday. The Scottish Government said the city will be "broadly in line with the rest of Scotland" as of Monday. 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. "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. From Monday, the five-mile travel limit, restrictions on gatherings and limitations on hospital and care home visits will be lifted, while non-hospitality businesses will also reopen. Restaurants, pubs, casinos and other such premises will be able to open from Wednesday, once environmental health checks have been completed. Latest figures show a total of 427 cases have been identified in the NHS Grampian area since July 26. READ MORE: Aberdeen lockdown: These are the restrictions on the city