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Covid-19 regulations

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. 

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In Aberdeen, and throughout Scotland, most of the remaining legal restrictions have ended. However, some requirements will continue, including:

  • 2m distancing should still be observed in healthcare settings
  • Face coverings will continue to be required on public transport and inside public places including shops, pubs and restaurants.
  • Indoor hospitality venues will 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. 

Hospitality businesses 

View our information for hospitality businesses page.

If you want advice and information about the restrictions please contact the Protective Services Team using our online form.

Business support 

View our Business support page for information regarding government grants and funding for your business

Collecting customer details

To help protect your visitors, businesses and venues may continue to collect and record the contact details of people who visit. For hospitality businesses the collection of customer details is mandatory.

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.

Physical Distancing

There is no longer a legal requirement for physical distancing inside public places. However, a business may wish to continue to restrict the number of customers allowed inside their premises at any one time and have physical distancing rules. This will not only protect their customers but will also protect their own staff.

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