Tougher Covid restrictions on the way as Aberdeenshire moves to Level 3
Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City will move into tougher Level 3 Covid restrictions from this Friday.
The announcement by First Minsiter Nicola Sturgeon has been greeted with disappointment in both areas, particularly as the change comes during the busy festive season.
But Ms Sturgeon said the situation in both areas had been monitored very closely and tougher restrictions did now need to be applied.
She said: “In the last week alone, case numbers in Aberdeen City have increased by more than 50 per cent – from 76 cases per 100,000 population, to 122. Case positivity has also increased from 3.9 per cent to 6.1 per cent.
“The increase in Aberdeenshire has not been quite as sharp, but cases there are still rising.
“It is therefore our judgment that Level 3 restrictions are necessary to bring the situation in both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire back under control.”
She acknowledged the move to Level 3 involved “real and continued difficulties” for many businesses, particularly in the hospitality sector.
However, she said these measures were essential to get and keep the virus under control.
David Duguid, Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan, said that it was disappointing that Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City will be placed into Level 3 Covid restrictions just a week before Christmas.
He added: “Sadly, it is not surprising as cases have been rising and the recommendation from officials advising government had been for this to happen in each of the last three weeks.
“My immediate concern is for businesses, particularly those in the hospitality trade, that may have to close their doors again.
“The Scottish Government has received billions in funding from the UK Government and financial support should be provided where it is needed.”