By Tony Winterburn • 24 August 2020 • 11:40
PUBS and restaurants stay shut as Aberdeen in Scotland emerges from its local lockdown.
Aberdeen has been released from its three-week lockdown after the latest coronavirus figures saw Tayside record 12 times as many new cases as Grampian, further increasing pressure on the Scottish government to lift the quarantine.
However, hospitality businesses, such as pubs and restaurants where the Aberdeen outbreak is believed to have originated, will remain closed until Wednesday.
Pubs and restaurants were shut just over two weeks ago. At the same time, restrictions were placed on travel and visits to other households after a spike in Covid-19 cases were linked to bars and nightlife in the city. The five-mile restriction on non-essential travel and the ban on indoor gatherings ended at midnight. The reopening of pubs, cafes and restaurants will be subject to environmental health checks.
The decision to lift the lockdown was made after a Scottish Government Resilience Room meeting yesterday afternoon, hours after council leaders met government officials for crunch talks to allow the restrictions to be relaxed after local health experts said the virus was back under control.
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