New lockdown

More help ‘should be on offer’ to Aberdeen business

Aberdeen

Aberdeen is facing a ‘devastating blow’

Business leaders called for government at all levels to help smaller businesses and the self-employed affected by the new lockdown in Aberdeen.

Andrew McRae, Scottish policy chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said this should include further financial support if it becomes necessary.

“Critically, FSB also wants to see crystal clear communications from policymakers to firms in the city,” he said after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the reimposition of lockdown restrictions, including the closure of pubs and restaurants, from 5pm today for at least the next seven days.

She described the outbreak of coronavirus cases as a “significant outbreak” which may involve some community transmission.

In addition to the Hawthorn Bar, which had been the source of a recent cluster of cases, 20 other licensed premises are part of the contact tracing exercise.

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The Scottish Tourism Alliance described new lockdown as a devastating blow to the many hospitality businesses which have invested significant amounts of money in reopening and providing a safe experience to their staff and the public.

“Today’s news comes as a shock and should serve as a reminder that disregarding these guidelines has almost immediate consequences,” it said in a statement.

“However we must also recognise that many people and businesses are enjoying the easing of restrictions in a safe way that poses little threat to public safety.

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