Today (7th October) First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced new measures which will take effect from this Friday (9th October) and last until 25th October, to curb the spread of COVID-19 throughout Scotland.
Many of the restrictions announced today vary throughout the country, but the below updates apply to Aberdeen City:
- Pubs, bars restaurants and cafes will be able to operate indoors on the following restricted basis:
- During the day from 6am to 6pm
- For the service of food and non-alcoholic beverages only
- Outdoor areas at these hospitality venues can remain open until 10pm and can serve alcohol.
- Hotel restaurants will be able to operate beyond 6pm, but only for residents, and without alcohol
- Shops will be asked to reinstate one way systems and 2 metre distancing signage.
- Those living outwith Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley are being advised against travel to these areas, and those within those areas are being advised not to travel elsewhere in Scotland.
Along with these new restrictions, previous restrictions limiting the meeting with other households remain in place.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The restrictions announced by the First Minister today will be met with real anxiety by our businesses who have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment in Aberdeen City Centre for both customers and staff.
“Many of our evening and night-time economy businesses have already reported back that the recently imposed 10pm curfew has been hugely detrimental, so the implications of pushing back to 6pm could potentially be devastating for some. Welcome as the government support package is, we need to understand the actual detail and how much of this will find its way to Aberdeen City Centre businesses, with a strong sense already that this won’t be anywhere near enough.
“Our retailers have also gone above and beyond in complying with all that has been asked of them and on today’s announcements some have questioned the evidence base for the two metre rule in store. The interdependencies between retail and a strong hospitality offering are well known.
“Covid has only served to accelerate the scale of the challenge to town and city centres across the country and Aberdeen is certainly not immune. This is coming into a vital time of year for our businesses and we need to be working together to build more confidence as the economic health of our city centre is so important to the well-being of many in the city and wider region.”