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Media captionNicola Sturgeon says Aberdeen players ‘blatantly’ broke the rules on coronavirus

The number of confirmed cases in a Covid-19 cluster which led to a local lockdown in Aberdeen has risen to 101.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told her daily briefing there had been an additional 22 cases in the last day.

And she said she was “furious” at the “unacceptable” actions of Aberdeen footballers who are self-isolating after breaking lockdown rules.

The club’s match against St Johnstone has been postponed after two players tested positive for Covid-19.

A further six members of the squad are self-isolating after visiting the Soul bar in Aberdeen on Saturday.

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack said the club would carry out a full investigation.

Ms Sturgeon said it was clear that that all eight players had visited a bar in the city.

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A picture taken at the weekend showed people queuing outside the Soul bar in Aberdeen

Ms Sturgeon said the players “blatantly broke the rules” and described their actions as “completely unacceptable”.

She said she was “pretty furious” at the situation – and that if players did not abide by the rules, they were putting the return of the professional game at risk.

Bars and restaurants in Aberdeen were ordered to close on Wednesday as lockdown restrictions were reimposed due to the scale of the outbreak.

Ms Sturgeon said a link to hospitality was a common factor in the rise in coronavirus outbreaks across the world.

While she said the majority of businesses in Scotland had complied with the guidelines, it was “clear there are some businesses where that has not been the case”.

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She said it will become mandatory for pubs and other venues to collect customers’ details from next Friday.

The Scottish government will issue further statutory guidance for the indoor hospitality sector next week to ensure “greater compliance with the key public health measures”.

Ms Sturgeon said businesses should already be complying with steps which include:

  • premises should collect and keep customers’ contact details
  • tables should be pre-booked in advance
  • people should not be queuing inside or outside premises
  • no-one should be standing at the bar to watch football
  • there should be no music or volume from TVs, so customers do not need to shout or lean in to be heard.

Ms Sturgeon said these measures were “really restrictive” – but were necessary.

“We see in Aberdeen right now, including the situation with the football club, how quickly this virus spreads,” she said.

The first minister also announced that it will be mandatory to wear face coverings in libraries, museums and places of worship from Saturday.

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The guidance on wearing face visors will change on Saturday

In addition, the government is now advising that face visors alone do not offer enough protection – so if one is being worn, it must be accompanied by a face covering.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Scotland rose by 43 on Friday, and no deaths were reported for the 22nd consecutive day.

Ms Sturgeon said 27 of the confirmed cases were in the Grampian area, although it was not yet clear how many were connected to the Aberdeen outbreak.

The cluster in the city has been linked to pubs and restaurants, and a list has been published of premises visited by people confirmed to have the virus. They are:

  • Bieldside Inn, Bobbin, Brewdog (Castlegate), Buckie Farm Carvery, Café Andaluz, Café Dag, Café Drummond, The Cock & Bull, College Bar, The Dutch Mill, Dyce Carvery, East End Social Club, Ferryhill House Hotel, Hawthorn/Adam Lounge, The Howff, The Justice Mill, The Marine Hotel, McGinty’s, McNasty’s, Malmaison, Moonfish Café, No.10 Bar, O’Donoghues, Old Bank Bar, Prohibition, Soul, Spider’s Web, The Draft Project.

The list also includes Aboyne, Deeside and Hazelhead golf clubs, and the Banks O’Dee Football Club.

Anyone who had visited any of these premises should be “extra vigilant for symptoms” – even if they had not been contacted by specialist tracers.

The lockdown restrictions which have been reimposed for the city’s 228,000 residents include:

  • not to travel more than five miles for leisure or holidays
  • not to travel to the city for leisure or to visit friends and family, even if you live in Aberdeenshire
  • if you are currently visiting the city, you can stay – but take necessary precautions when returning home
  • no indoor visits with other households
  • bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs must close, although takeaways can remain open.

Extra police have been sent to the city to help increase patrols but the first minister has said she hoped compliance would be voluntary.

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



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