Latest coronavirus information

Aberdeen City Council aims to revise its COVID-19 web pages as quickly as possible in response to government reviews and updates.

Timetable for easing lockdown restrictions

On the 16 March 2021, the Scottish Government announced a timeline of how and when they plan to lift the current restrictions and reopen the economy. 

View the timeline for easing restrictions  

Latest Information

On Monday 17 May Aberdeen will move to level 2 restrictions: 

  • Groups of up to six people from no more than three households can meet indoors - and they can stay overnight. Children under the age of 12 are not included in the limit on numbers - but they are counted in the limit on the number of different households.  
  • Up to eight adults from eight different households can meet up outdoors, children under-12 do not need to be counted for either the total number of people or the household limit. 
  • Indoor hospitality can resume – customers must book a two-hour time slot. Table service only and alcoholic drinks can be served – close at 22.30 for groups of up to six people from up to three households. Contact details still need to be collected and customers must maintain one-metre social distancing.  
  • Cinemas, bingo halls and amusement arcades can reopen, but soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, snooker halls, nightclubs and adult entertainment remain closed. 
  • Adult outdoor contact sports and indoor group exercises can resume. 
  • Outdoor and indoor events such as concerts can restart, but with limited capacity.  
  • Some students can return to university or college but with blended learning continuing. 
  • Face-to-face support services such as counselling can operate. 
  • People will still be urged to work from home where possible. 
  • A new traffic light system for international travel will come into operation. Countries are to be classified as green, amber, and red. A review will take place every four weeks. A passenger locator form is necessary plus pre-departure testing for travellers to foreign destinations in the green zone. They will have to take a PCR test but not have to quarantine on their return. 

View the latest guidance from the Scottish Government.

Frequently asked questions

We have answered frequently asked questions relating to the current restrictions. 

View the frequently asked questions.

Contact us 

If you want advice and information on the current restrictions or the timeline for the re-opening of the economy, please contact us using our online form;

Aberdeen City Council aims to revise its COVID-19 web pages as quickly as possible in response to government reviews and updates.

FACTS Advice 

F - Face coverings in enclosed spaces. Shops, public transport or anywhere else inside that physical distancing might be more difficult.  
A - Avoid all crowded places. Indoors and outdoors.   
C - Clean your hands and hard surfaces regularly.  
T - Two metre distancing remains the overall advice.   
S - Self isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of COVID.

F.A.C.T.S Advice

The Protect Scotland app 

The Scottish Government is urging all smartphone users across Scotland to download NHS Scotland’s PROTECT SCOTLAND contact tracing app to help suppress the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It lets people know if they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive. It can be downloaded for free onto a smart phone from Apple's App Store or Google Play.  

Protect Scotland App Information

Coronavirus Tests 

Anyone in Scotland who develops COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and book a PCR test. A PCR test for coronavirus is available if you show any of the following symptoms – a high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. 

From Monday 26 April rapid lateral flow home test kits will also be available for anyone in Scotland.  This expansion of testing is aimed at finding cases that would otherwise go undetected, so those people can self-isolate and avoid transmitting the virus to those around them. Test kits can be ordered by post. 

View information from the Scottish Government regarding Coronavirus testing. 


Coronavirus vaccinations are now under way in Aberdeen and across Scotland. 

Visit our NHS Grampian Covid-19 Vaccinations page for more information

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