Aberdeen venues to remain closed

First minister says city will remain in lockdown


LICENSED venues in Aberdeen will have to remain shut for at least another week after first minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “not yet possible to lift any of the restrictions put in place” in the city.

Aberdeen was put back into a state of lockdown last week due to a surge in COVID cases.

Speaking at first minister’s questions today (August 12) Sturgeon said there were now 177 positive cases associated to the Aberdeen cluster, with 940 contacts having been traced.

She said with cases still rising “it is not yet possible to lift any of the restrictions put in place last week for Aberdeen”.

“Aberdeen City Council have been fully involved in these discussions, as have Police Scotland, who report good compliance with the restrictions,” said Sturgeon.

“So if you live in Aberdeen you should not go into someone else’s house. Hospitality businesses such as pubs, restaurants and cafes must remain closed for now.

“And people who live in Aberdeen should not travel more than five miles if unless they have to. You can travel for work or education but you should not travel for leisure or for non-essential purposes. Similarly we are advising people from outside Aberdeen not to travel into the city unless they have to.”