From 6am Monday November 2 a new five-tier system of restrictions will apply across Scotland's local authority areas. Levels (0-4) are be based on the prevalence of the virus, which will be regularly reviewed.
Aberdeen has been placed in Level 2 by the Scottish Government.
Level 2 is summarised below:
- No in-home socialising
- You can meet up to 6 people from 2 household outdoors or in a hospitality setting
- No non-essential travel to areas level 3 and above (exemptions may apply for work, education, health, funerals or weddings).
- Avoid car sharing unless there is no alternative
- No non-essential offices open
- Work from home if you can
- Wear face coverings in shops, public transport and communal area of work (canteens/corridors etc). Exemptions do apply.
The next government review is to take place on November 10, with any changes coming into effect from November 13.
Aberdeen City Council aims to revise its own COVID-19 web pages as quickly as possible in response to government updates.
- Pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes in the rest of Scotland including Aberdeen are not allowed to serve alcohol indoors from 6:00 pm. They can only open indoor areas between 06:00 am and 6:00 pm but only serve food and non-alcoholic drinks.
- After 6:00 pm indoor areas must be closed to the public except for access to toilets for customers seated in an outdoor hospitality area.
- Licensed premises that have seats and tables outside can continue to serve alcohol outdoors. The outside area can remain open until 10:00 pm. Any outdoor structures, such as marquees, must have at least 50% of their sides open.
- Customers have to provide their contact details in case contact tracers need to reach them and must wear face coverings while moving around and when not eating or drinking. Customer-facing staff must also wear face coverings, and there must only be table service.
- Takeaways services (including those from pubs and restaurants) can continue to operate.
- The existing rules which state that a maximum of six people from two households can meet in hospitality venues, either indoors or outdoors still apply.
- Hotels across Scotland can serve evening meals after 6.00 pm, but only to residents. They must not serve alcohol in their restaurants.
- Alcohol can still be served at wedding receptions and funerals, where licenced hospitality premises have existing bookings. These events are limited to a maximum of 20 people.
Shops and Travel
- Shops must require two metre physical distancing rules. They must limit the number of customers inside their premises to ensure this distance can be maintained and take measures to control queues outside of their premises.
- Face coverings are already compulsory in shops and on buses, trains, planes, and taxis. Rules on face coverings in work canteens are in line with restaurants and cafes - everyone has to wear a face covering when not seated at a table - for example if they are queueing, or are entering or leaving the canteen or going to the bathroom. Face coverings have to be worn in other communal workplace areas like corridors.
- While there are no longer restrictions on how far you can travel in Scotland, people are being asked not to visit the parts of the central belt covered by the tighter restrictions. The Scottish government also advises against non-essential foreign travel.
Inside people’s homes
- You should not meet people in your home or another person’s home socially, unless you have formed an extended household.
- These rules apply to children.
- Children whose parents do not live in the same household can move between homes, as can non-cohabiting couples.
- Limited exemptions apply including for childcare and for tradespeople
Private gardens or public outdoors spaces
- A maximum of six people from two households can meet in outdoor spaces.
- You should limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day.
- Under 12s do not count towards the maximum number of households or the number of people who can meet outdoors. Under-12s do not have to physically distance.
- A maximum of six 12 to 17 year olds can meet in outdoor spaces, with no household limit. Physical distancing is still required
Indoors in public spaces
- A maximum of six people from two households can meet in public indoor spaces such as cafes, pubs and restaurants.
- Children under 12 from those two households do not count towards the limits.
- You should continue to work from home where practicable
- You should only car share with members of your own, or extended, household, and follow guidance when there is no alternative
The Scottish Government have published details of what you can and cannot do including information on seeing friends and family and travel.
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.
The Protect Scotland App
The Protect Scotland app is now available. The Scottish Government is urging all smartphone users across Scotland to download NHS Scotland’s new 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.
Supported by a dedicated Protect Scotland website, the app is an extra tool complementing existing person-to-person contact tracing which remains the main component of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system.
What role does Aberdeen City Council have to play?
The focus of Aberdeen City Council’s Trading Standards and Environmental Health officers will be on providing information on restrictions for those businesses that cannot yet open and providing enforcement measures and information on new measures for those that can.
The Council is the main regulator for retail, wholesale distribution and warehousing, hotel and catering premises, offices, and the consumer/leisure industries.
The council has enforcement powers under new legislation which has been made to introduce these temporary restrictions to help reduce the spread of the virus.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Additional Temporary Measures) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 partially come into force at 6pm on Friday, 9 October and fully come into force on Saturday, 10 October.
More information can be found on the Trading Standards and Environmental Health pages.
Police Scotland also have enforcement powers under these regulations which include the issuing of fixed penalty notices to businesses and the public. They strive to engage with the public to explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance. They will use enforcement as a last resort only where there is a clear breach of the legislation.
If you have any concerns about people gathering in public, house parties, or people not wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport, please contact Police Scotland on 101.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the regulator for premises including manufacturing, construction, waste and sites subject to major hazards legislation. Enquiries about working safely to protect people from COVID-19 at work can be raised with HSE.
You may contact us if you have any questions
If you have concerns about a business in Aberdeen or want advice on what you can or can not do please contact us using our online form
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