Pubs and restaurants in Aberdeen closed their doors from 5pm yesterday after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a local lockdown amid a coronavirus cluster in the city.
It also means that people will now be told not to travel to Aberdeen in a huge blow for the hospitality industry that has been slowly emerging from a five-month lockdown.
Announcing the measures yesterday, Sturgeon said that residents living in Aberdeen will no longer be able to visit other houses to go inside and will not be permitted to travel more than five miles for leisure purposes.
Sturgeon said that there were now 54 cases in the ‘significant outbreak’ which has been linked to people visiting the Hawthorn Bar in the city on July 26.
The restrictions will be reviewed next Wednesday with the potential of being extended further if necessary.
As a result, staff at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen will be sent home until the measures are lifted and business is able to operate again. The hotel had been running business wholly outdoors and was yet to reopen its bedrooms despite restrictions being relaxed earlier this month.
Stephen Gow, general manager at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen said: “It’s extremely unfortunate that a minority of the population was unable to abide by sensible physical distancing and this has led to us having to send all of our staff home again when they have all done the hotel proud.
“However, we are supportive of the localised lockdown in Aberdeen to keep as many people as safe as possible.
“We have been serving up to 400 guests every day since we opened in two open sided marquees with a host of new measures in place to make everyone feel safe.”