Easing of restrictions
FM confirms partial lifting of Aberdeen lockdown
Businesses in Aberdeen will be relieved
A number of restrictions in Aberdeen were lifted at midnight with hospitality businesses allowed to reopen on Wednesday.
A meeting of a Covid emergency group today persuaded the First Minister to ease the 18-day lockdown and also set out a timeline for the lifting of travel and other restrictions.
From Monday (24th) the five-mile travel limit, restrictions on gatherings and limitations on hospital and care home visits will be lifted.
Businesses due to open on Monday in line with the national route map can also reopen, with the exception of cafes, restaurants or any hospitality element within them.
These, along with restaurants, pubs, casinos and other hospitality premises, will be able to open from Wednesday, only once an environmental health check has been completed.
Hospitality business owners are being urged to get in touch with Aberdeen City Council if they have not already had an environmental health check.
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.