Aberdeen participant assessments constructive for coronavirus amid lockdown

Cheryl Sanders
August 6, 2020

In a statement, a Scottish Golf spokesperson said: "Following the First Minister's Daily Briefing on Wednesday 5 August, Scottish Golf has been in dialogue with our partners at sportscotland and the Scottish Government to obtain further clarity in relation to the local lockdown restrictions being implemented in the Aberdeen City local authority area and how these will impact our affiliated clubs in the area".

Numerous cases have been linked to the Hawthorn bar in Aberdeen, although it is understood that more than 20 other pubs and restaurants are involved in the cluster.

She said the Test and Protect team would make judgments on who needed to be contacted based in individual cases, saying: "I would ask people to be understanding of the complex, fast-moving nature of the situations that local public health teams are dealing with".

Sturgeon also advised against travel other than for work or education, and said people should not visit other households.

Mr Kerr added: "As a national service, Police Scotland is able to quickly flex capacity to support local communities across the country, and we will provide whatever additional resources are necessary to protect and support the communities affected". A total of 191 close contacts have been traced through Test & Protect.

The Scottish government said more than 20 licensed premises have now been identified as being linked to people who have subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 and the outbreak is connected with the night-time economy.

"We are at a stage of this pandemic where extreme caution is still necessary".

She also urged people contacted by the Test and Protect teams, in Aberdeen or anywhere else in Scotland, to comply with the advice they are given.

The Scottish government had said the game was not at risk amid the lockdown because clubs are "within a sporting bubble". "We'll only know the sources of each of these cases in the fullness of time". But the first minster warned the restrictions could continue beyond the seven-day period.

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