Nicola Sturgeon orders closure of pubs and restaurants, plus bans on non-essential travel and indoor meetings
The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said 54 cases have now been confirmed in the Aberdeen Covid-19 cluster, while 191 close contacts have been traced, though she expects that number to increase. Across Scotland, 64 new cases have been recorded; with 36 thought to be in Grampian.
Sturgeon says there may be some community transmission and, while the outbreak may be centered on one city center bar, it is not the only source and many more are being looked at.
Sturgeon says that, as a result, restrictions will be reimposed in the Aberdeen city council area.
People are being told not to travel to Aberdeen if they are not already there. A five-mile travel rule has been put in place and residents are also being told not to enter each other’s houses. All indoor and outdoor hospitality has also been told to close by 5pm on Wednesday.
The closure will be backed by governmental regulations, the first minister says, and will be enforced if the rules are not followed.
Sturgeon adds that the changes will be reviewed next Wednesday, when she hoped that they could be removed if they could, either in entirety or in part. However, if necessary, Sturgeon has said they could be extended beyond that seven-day period.