ACC leaders remind residents to be vigilant in tier 2

Aberdeen City Council’s Co-Leaders today asked residents to keep being vigilant in the fight against Covid-19 to ensure the city avoids moving into tier 3 restrictions.

Councillors Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden encouraged people to continue adhering to the government rules and guidance to keep virus numbers going down as it was revealed the city is to remain in tier 2.

Cllr Laing said: “Whilst residents and businesses have on the whole been doing a good job adhering to the rules and guidance, it is vital that we do not become complacent in the run up to Christmas and over the festive period.

“If we are to prevent further community transmission of the virus, it is important that we all remain vigilant and each and every one of us continues to adhere to the government guidelines as we go about our day to day lives.

“We want everyone to stay safe and for the city and its residents to avoid moving into tier 3 restrictions.”

Cllr Lumsden said: “It would be fantastic if we can all continue to work together for the common good and ideally drive the numbers of Covid-19 incidences down with the aim of getting to tier 1.”

The tier 2 restrictions in the city include:

  • Restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars can open indoors for the consumption of food and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic drinks can only be served with the purchase of a main meal. Last entry is 7pm and all venues must be closed and all customers off the premises by 8pm;
  • Restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars can open outdoors for the consumption of food and alcoholic drinks. Last entry is 9.30pm and all venues must be closed and all customers off the premises by 10.30pm. Any outdoor structures, such as marquees, must have at least 50% of their sides open;
  • 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;
  • Customers must provide their contact details in case contact tracers need to reach them. They 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;
  • Shops including those providing close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers, tailors, and beauticians remain open. Mobile hairdressers and barbers can operate. Other mobile close contact services are not permitted;
  • 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 compulsory in shops and on buses, trains, planes, and taxis.

People are reminded they must not travel to tier 3 or 4 areas, except for essential purposes and there must be no non-essential travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK.

In tier 2, you should not meet people in your home or another person’s home socially unless you have formed an extended household.

However a maximum of six people from two households can meet in outdoor spaces, under 12s do not count towards the maximum number of households and they do not have to physically distance, and a maximum of six 12 to 17-year-olds can meet in outdoor spaces, with no household limit. Physical distancing is still required.