Pubs and restaurants in Aberdeen get green light to reopen as local lockdown eases

By James McAllister

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Pubs and restaurants in Aberdeen get green light to reopen as local Coronavirus lockdown eases

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Pubs and restaurants in Aberdeen will be able to reopen tomorrow (26 August) as the city's local Coronavirus lockdown is lifted.

It comes after the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced plans to ease of restrictions following a weekend review. 

Restaurants and pubs 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.

"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, 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.”

Pubs and restaurants in the city were ordered to close on 5 August​ following what Sturgeon described as a 'significant outbreak' of Coronavirus.

Many of the cases had been linked to the Hawthorn bar in Aberdeen, although more than 20 other pubs and restaurants were identified as being involved in the cluster.

Figures published on Sunday (23 August) 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.

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