Stay Safe, Stay Local

On 16 March 2021, the Scottish Government announced a timeline of how and when they plan to lift the current restrictions and reopen the economy. 

View the timeline for easing restrictions  

From Friday 2 April 2021

The ‘Stay at Home’ requirement will be lifted and replaced with a ‘Stay Local’ message. 

Restrictions on moving between local authority areas, unless for an essential reason, are expected to remain in place for at least three weeks from this date.  

From Monday 5 April 2021

The following changes are due to take effect in all Level 4 areas, including Aberdeen: 

  • the resumption of outdoor contact sport for 12-17-year-olds 
  • reopening of non-essential ‘click and collect’ retail 
  • extending the list of retail permitted to include: 
    • garden centres (indoor and outdoor) 
    • key cutting shops  
    • mobility equipment shops 
    • baby equipment shops 
    • electrical repair shops 
    • hairdressers and barbers (with shopfronts – not mobile services), by appointment only 
    • homeware shops 
    • vehicle showrooms (appointment only) and forecourts 

There is no in-home socialising at this time, but this will continue to be kept under review by the Scottish Government.  

More information on visiting shops can be found here.

From Monday 12 April 2021

All children are expected to be able to return to school on a full-time basis. More information on Education can be found here.

Visiting outdoor spaces

  • Aberdeen has 14 public parks and gardens as well as the beach, countryside parks, nature reserves, trails and 3,000 acres of publicly owned accessible woodlands. More information on what they have to offer can be found here
  • Some hotspots could be busy and facilities such as car parks, shops and toilets may be closed or access reduced, so check the relevant website or social media site for your destination. 
  • Stay safe – avoid crowded places. Be ready to adapt. If you go somewhere and it is busy, please move on. 
  • Please park in designated areas . Local people live in tourist areas too so be considerate of others who live in the area so as not to block any driveways or access for emergency vehicles, as well as farm vehicles, countryside rangers, or maintenance/utility vehicles.    
  • Please be responsible and respectful when in parks and open spaces . Pick up any litter and dog mess and make use of the bins provided, if the bins are full, then please remember to take it with you. 
  • When outdoors take extra care to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, especially on farmland, and follow the latest guidance, including on hygiene and physical distancing.

Travel safely

If you are travelling by public transport or car then follow the relevant guidance:

Face coverings on transport 

  • A face covering must be worn by all passengers and staff or operators in the following settings: 
  • taxi and private hire vehicles 
  • bus stations, railway stations (including open-air stations) and airports 
  • ferry services (unless the ferry is open to the elements and physical distancing can be achieved, or the vessel is large enough that physical distancing can be achieved) 
  • airline services 

Car sharing 

  • You should avoid sharing in a vehicle with people who are not members of your household or extended household as much as possible. If you have no other option, you should: 
  • keep to small groups of people (such as up to 6 at any one time in a minibus) 
  • keep your distance and take care entering and exiting the vehicle 
  • sit as far apart as possible in the vehicle, avoiding face-to-face 
  • maintain good ventilation by keeping the car windows open 
  • wear a face covering, unless you are exempt 
  • clean your hands before and after your journey 
  • if the vehicle is your responsibility, clean the door handles and other areas that people touch 
  • If you regularly share transport whether it is a car or minibus or other private vehicle, try and share with the same people each time. 

Frequently asked questions

We have answered frequently asked questions relating to the current restrictions. 

Regular updates on our services can be found here.  

If you have any concerns about people gathering in public, house parties, or people not wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport, please contact Police Scotland on 101.  

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