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.
Vaccine certificates in Scotland
COVID vaccine certificates are now needed to get into the following higher risk settings in Scotland:
- Late night premises with music, which serve alcohol at any time between midnight and 5am and have a designated place for dancing for customers
- Indoor events (unseated) with 500 or more people
- Outdoor events (unseated) with 4,000 or more people
- Any event with more than 10,000 people
Everyone attending these settings and events must show they have been fully vaccinated to gain entry.
Some people will be able to show their vaccination status on the NHS Scotland Covid Status app, others may have a paper record of their vaccine status.
Venues can download the NHS Scotland Covid Check app available on Apple and Android devises and it is able to read the QR codes on devices of customers to check their vaccination status.
To find more information on which events and premises must check vaccine certificates and exemptions please see the latest advice from the Scottish Government.
The Regulations require the person responsible for the venue to implement a reasonable and appropriate system for checking that persons on, or seeking to enter, the premises are permitted to be there under the Regulations. The system must also include a method for removing from, or refusing access to, anyone identified as not being permitted to be there in accordance with the Regulations.
The Regulations also require that, from 18 October 2021, the person responsible must have in place a compliance plan which details the required system as well as any other measures in place to prevent or minimise the risk of coronavirus spreading on the premises. This plan must be presented to a relevant person (which could be a constable or designated local authority officer) upon request.
In Aberdeen and throughout Scotland most of the major COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. However, some requirements will continue, including:
Face coverings are still required on public transport and inside public places including shops, pubs and restaurants. In hospitality settings face coverings can be removed while dancing and when drinking or dining (whether seated or standing).
Indoor hospitality venues must continue to collect customer contact details.
Travel restrictions such as the red, green and amber system for international travel, will continue. This will be updated as and when necessary, to restrict the spread of outbreaks and protect against the risk of importation of new variants.
People will continue to be advised to continue to work from home where possible.
Organisers of large events must continue to use the gateway system and apply for permission from their local authority if they wish to have outdoors events of more than 5000 and indoor events of more than 2000.
For more information on these changes see the latest information from the Scottish Government.
Please follow the latest 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.
“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.
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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.