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Coronavirus / Aberdeen lockdown restrictions ease

Organised outdoor contact sports can now also take place in Scotland

LOCKDOWN restrictions imposed on Aberdeen in response to a cluster of confirmed coronavirus cases linked to bars in the city are now being eased.

Travel restrictions and a ban on indoor gatherings have now ended.

The restrictions on bars, cafes and restaurants will be removed at midnight on Tuesday (25 August).

The measures were first imposed by the Scottish Government in early August, with people initially advised not to travel to Aberdeen.

Organised outdoor contact sports, meanwhile, can now take place in Scotland from today (Monday).

People over the age of 12 will not be able to take part in contact sports indoors, however, until 14 September.

Other changes today include driving lessons resuming and snooker halls being able to reopen.

Live events such as concerts and comedy will also be allowed outdoors.

Shetland Arts, meanwhile, has given more information about how the cinema will work when arts centre Mareel reopens later this week.

Mareel’s screen one. Photo: Shetland Arts

Only the larger screen will be in action when the venue reopens on Friday (28 August) due to two metre social distancing being in place.

The box office system will automatically block off seats around each booking.

Face coverings must be worn in the cinema unless you are eating or drinking.

Shetland Arts said the cinema will be thoroughly cleaned between each screening, while there will be hand sanitiser available throughout the building.

No new films were released during lockdown but the arts agency said people will be able to catch up with flicks which were scheduled to be shown in Mareel before the outbreak.

Shetland Recreational Trust, which runs the isles’ leisure centres, is due to reopen its facilities on 14 September as originally planned.

This is despite first minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing recently that leisure centres could reopen from 31 August.

The trust has added protective screens at reception areas and it will provide cleaning equipment in gyms for use after each activity.

Fitness class capacities will be reduced to ensure safe distancing, while there will be enhanced learning at leisure centres.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 tests recorded in Shetland so far remains at 56.