Aberdeen’s bars, cafes and restaurants reopen after lockdown

Hospitality businesses were ordered to close on August 5 following a spike in coronavirus cases linked to the city’s nightlife.

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Aberdeen: The city was placed on a local lockdown after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in Aberdeen can reopen for the first time in three weeks following the lifting of local lockdown measures.

Hospitality businesses were ordered to close on August 5 following a spike in coronavirus cases linked to the city’s nightlife.

From Wednesday, venues can reopen once they have passed a site inspection by environmental health officers.

The five-mile travel restriction for leisure and recreation ended on Monday. Conditions placed on gatherings as well as hospital and care home visits were also eased.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon thanked all those in Aberdeen for complying with the rules.

At a Covid-19 briefing earlier this week, she said: “These restrictions have been effective in beating back this outbreak, for the simple reason that you have all complied very well with them.

“That’s also the reason that we’re now able to lift these restrictions.

“I know how difficult this last two-and-a-half week period must have been for everyone in the city and you have my grateful thanks for that compliance.”