Aberdeenshire & Aberdeen City moved in to Level 3

Aberdeenshire & Aberdeen City will move to Protection Level 3 on Friday 18 December the First Minister has announced.

The First Minister has announced this afternoon that Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City are to move into Protection Level 3. The move to Protection Level 3 will come in to force at 6 pm on Friday 18 December and will be reviewed the following week.

845 new positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported with over 10% of them, 86, in the NHS Grampian area. One of the 24 deaths reported today was also in the NHS Grampian area.

Level 3 protection rules are:

  • Socialising Indoors – You should not meet anyone who is not in your household indoors in your home or in their home
  • Socialising Outdoors – The maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is 6 which can be from up to 2 separate households
  • Hospitality – Pubs and restaurants must close at 6 pm and alcohol sales are banned
  • Travel – You should not travel in our out of Level 3 protection areas for anything other than essential reasons
  • Shopping – All retailers can open providing they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff

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24 deaths were registered in Scotland in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths of people who had a positive Covid-19 test in the 28 days prior to their death to 4,135.

Turriff has seen a significant rise in cases over the last week, with 13 confirmed cases within Turriff, which puts us in the 200 – 399 cases per 100,000 band, which is currently the highest band anywhere in Aberdeenshire.

  • Peterhead Harbour 21 cases
  • Stonehaven north 15 cases
  • Stonehaven south 15 cases
  • Crathes & Torphins 14 cases
  • Turriff 13 cases
Also on My Turriff
Appeal for help in tracing elderly woman in Turriff area


Data from Public Health Scotland Covid-19 cases seven days up to 11 December


Christmas bubbles: what you need to know

Between 23 and 27 December, to help reduce loneliness and isolation:

  • you can form a Christmas bubble of up to 3 households, including 1 extended household, up to a maximum of 8 people (not including children under 12)
  • you can travel anywhere in Scotland and the rest of the UK to meet people in your bubble – but you should follow local travel rules once you arrive
  • bubble members can meet/stay in each other’s houses, in self-catering accommodation within a council area a member of the bubble lives in, public outdoor places and in places of worship
  • you do not have to form a bubble if you do not want to – the safest way to spend Christmas is to stay in your own household, in your own home and your own local area
  • you should not go to a pub or restaurant or entertainment venue, for example a cinema or theatre, with your bubble
  • if you don’t form a bubble you must follow the rules in the local authority area you live in

Hogmanay and New Year: Christmas bubbles will not apply at Hogmanay and New Year. Instead, you should follow the rules on meeting up and travelling for your level.

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