Pubs and restaurants will be forced to close in Aberdeen this week as a “significant outbreak” of the coronavirus will see the city enter local lockdown.

The uptick in cases, which is now at 54, is being linked to a cluster associated with one site – The Hawthorn Bar, located on the city’s Holburn Street.

Details of the cluster first emerged on Sunday, when the pub attributed the outbreak to 13 customers who visited on 26 July, and the individuals have since been traced to 191 close contacts through the Test and Protect system.

At the time, management at The Adams & The Hawthorn said they had been given permission to continue trading and that appropriate safety measures were in place.

Despite this, all pubs and restaurant sites will now be required to close from 5pm today (5 August).

People are also being told not to travel to the city, and residents will no longer be able to visit each other’s houses or travel more than five miles for leisure purposes.

The restrictions will be reviewed next Wednesday and may be extended further if necessary.

Announcing the new measures, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon said the decision had been made “extremely reluctantly” after discussions with NHS Grampian, Police Scotland and the city council.

When asked if it was safe for schools to reopen in the city next week she said: “If it’s a choice between hospitality and schools, we are choosing schools right now.”

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