Following the First Minister’s announcement that lockdown restrictions are being reimposed in Aberdeen after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases were linked to a pub in the area, Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has sought clarity on the implications for those in Orkney needing to travel to or through Aberdeen over the coming days.
In light of the announcement, Mr McArthur sought more information from the Scottish Government on how the lockdown would impact on travel arrangements. He received clarification from the Minister for Parliamentary Business, Graeme Dey, that while people can travel to and from Aberdeen for work and education purposes, all other forms of travel is not advised.
Commenting on the response, Mr McArthur said:
“It is worrying that lockdown restrictions have been reimposed in Aberdeen, but it also acts as a stark reminder to us all that the virus has not gone away. It is also unfortunately a necessary response to ensure the virus is contained and that people are kept safe.
“While the main impact, of course, is on those living in Aberdeen itself. However, the localised lockdown will inevitably have implications for others, including people in Orkney who may be in Aberdeen just now or have plans to travel there over the coming week.
“I understand from Ministers that while the advice is not to travel if at all possible, for those who need to do so for work or other essential reasons, it will still be possible.
“There will be understandable frustration at this latest development, but hopefully it will help prevent a wider spread, allowing the restrictions to be lifted as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I would urge anyone in Orkney affected by this localised lockdown to exercise extreme caution”.