Lockdown reimposed in Aberdeen after surge in infections causes pubs and restaurants to close

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Bars, restaurants and cafes have been ordered to shut as lockdown rules are reimposed in Aberdeen over a coronavirus cluster in the city.

A five-mile travel rule has been implemented and residents are being instructed not to enter each other’s houses.

All indoor and outdoor hospitality venues have been told to close by 5pm on Wednesday.

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said 54 cases have now been reported in the latest outbreak.

The measures, which apply to the city and surrounding area, will be backed by government regulations and be enforced if the rules are not followed, Ms Sturgeon said.

The First Minister said people should not travel to Aberdeen, but those who are already there can remain with the changes reviewed next Wednesday when they could be extended if necessary.



First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, she said the rise in cases has contributed to a greater fear there has been a “significant outbreak” in the city.

According to the First Minister, more than 20 other pubs and restaurants are involved in the cluster.

“The last thing we want to do is to reimpose these restrictions but this outbreak is reminding us just how highly infectious Covid is,” Ms Sturgeon said.

“Our precautionary and careful judgment is that we need to take decisive action now, difficult as that undoubtedly is, in order to try to contain this outbreak and prevent further harm later on.

“As I said earlier, this is about doing all we can to ensure our children can return to schools next week.”

She added: “Acting now, we judge, gives us the time and the space to protect the ability of our young people to return to education.”



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