Throughout the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, our priority is to protect public health, while providing support and advice to businesses across Aberdeen City.
The council has enforcement powers under legislation which has been made to introduce new temporary restrictions to help reduce the spread of the virus.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 came into force on Monday 2 November 2020.
From Monday 17 May:
Indoor hospitality can resume – customers must book a two-hour time slot. Table service only and alcoholic drinks can be served – close at 22.30 for groups of up to six people from up to three households. Contact details still need to be collected and customers must maintain one-metre social distancing.
Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars can open outdoors within local licensing conditions for the consumption of food and alcoholic drinks. The maximum number of people that can meet outdoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is 8 which can be from up to 8 separate households.
Takeaways can operate as normal. Face coverings and physical distancing rules must be followed.
Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food and alcohol to guests staying in their premises up to 22:30. Room service, including alcohol, is allowed as normal.
All holiday accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, hostels caravan and camping sites) can open.
Please follow the sector guidance for Tourism and Hospitality.
The guidance is for use by the following sectors:
- all accommodation providers (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan/holiday parks etc.)
- visitor attractions
- marine and adventure tourism
- other activity or experience tourism operations/centres
- tour operators
- pubs, cafes, restaurants and general hospitality
- retail aspects of tourism
- natural spaces insofar as they relate to tourism, such as the National Parks
- funfairs and amusement parks (static and mobile)
- licensed bingo clubs
- guided walking tours
If you want advice and information about the current restrictions or the timeline for the re-opening of the economy, please contact the Protective Services Team using our online form.
View our business support page for information regarding government grants and funding for your business.
Timetable for easing lockdown restrictions
On the 16 March the Scottish Government announced a timeline of how and when they plan to lift the current restrictions and reopen the economy.
Calculating physical distanced based capacity (PDBC)
The Scottish Government expect all persons responsible for a place of worship, carrying on a business or providing a service to identify and display a physical distance based capacity that demonstrates that their setting can meet physical distancing requirements.
The Scottish Government have issued guidance on how to make the PDBC calculation for your premises. This guidance is subject to change subject to comments received to take into account engagement with stakeholders.
It is essential that the PDBC is displayed with clear signage using a large, clear font at least 5 inches or 12.5cm in height (360pt) at entry points and where people may queue. There should also be clear signage throughout the setting to inform people if they are within a 1 metre or a 2 metre physical distancing zone and, most importantly, that everyone is reminded to observe the requirement to distance.
“Check in Scotland” – Collecting customer details
Regulations make it mandatory for restaurants, cafes, hotels, pubs and bars to collect and retain details of the contact details of people who visit.
One way of making sure you collect people's details is by displaying a Check in Scotland QR code poster at your venue and asking anyone who visits to scan this QR code when they arrive.
If you already have a way of taking the details of people who visit your business or venue, such as your own QR code method, you can carry on using this method instead of switching to a Check in Scotland QR code poster. But, as Check in Scotland is designed to work with Scotland's Test and Protect system, the Scottish Government would encourage you to look at switching, if you can.
View the Scottish Government information regarding “Check in Scotland” and learn how to create your QR code poster.
The Scottish Government strongly recommend that settings collect the details of all visitors to premises and not just the lead adult of a household. If premises offer a mixture of an on-site and collection service, contact information only needs to be collected for customers who remain on-site.
View the latest Scottish Government guidance regarding the collection of customer details.
Webinar for hospitality businesses held on 21 April
During the webinar many participants asked questions in regard to re-opening their businesses. The questions asked with answers from the Protective Services team can be viewed here:
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Re-opening business and workplaces after the closure period
The Scottish Government have published a range of guidance for businesses and employers via Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance. This guidance is regularly updated.
HSE have also published guidance on keeping workplaces safe as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are eased, please visit the HSE website for more information.