Support for Aberdeen businesses as lockdown continues

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said hospitality businesses in city can get grants of up to £1500

A £1 million support fund for Aberdeen businesses has been announced by first minister Nicola Sturgeon as she confirmed lockdown restrictions in the city are to remain in place.

Speaking at lunchtime today (August 19), Sturgeon said the new fund will offer grants of up to £1500 for hospitality businesses which were required to close when the city was put back into lockdown on August 5. The fund will be administered by Aberdeen City Council and will open next week; more detail on how to apply is to be published in the coming days.

News of the fund came as Sturgeon said it was “not yet safe” to lift lockdown restrictions in Aberdeen. The Scottish Government would, she said, aim to start lifting restrictions on “lower risk premises” from next Wednesday (August 26); and would aim to set out a timetable for other premises in the city.