Map shows all businesses closed due to an outbreak – .

Map shows all businesses closed due to an outbreak – .

A dozen businesses in Stonehaven have closed following a spike in Covid cases in the city.
Stonehaven’s outdoor swimming pool is one of the last to close after team members have been asked to self-isolate.

Restaurants and takeaways, including The Station Hotel and The Bay, have also closed.

The Stonehaven area currently has some of Aberdeenshire’s highest case rates, with 54 confirmed between 22 and 28 June.

The NHS Grampian today urged people to use the mobile testing unit that visits the city on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays to help deal with the “rapid rise” in cases.

Tests for those not suffering from symptoms – but who could still spread the virus – can also be picked up at a pharmacy or ordered directly from your home.

Where are all the closures in Stonehaven?

Stonehaven’s outdoor swimming pool, which only reopened for the summer season in May, is expected to remain closed until Monday.

A spokesperson for the Aberdeenshire Council stressed that no swimmer had been in danger.

He added: “We are closing the facility due to the request for team members to self-isolate. There is no risk to the users of the swimming pool and the installation is not the source.

It is believed that the pool will remain closed until Monday July 5.

Both Station Hotel and Trouper’s Bar have confirmed they will be closed for 10 days after staff members tested positive.

The popular fish and chip shop The Bay had said it would remain closed on Wednesday after owner Calum Richardson waited for the results of a Covid test.

But today, take-out confirmed Mr Richardson had tested positive and the premises would remain closed until July 9, with all staff now being screened.

Meanwhile, the Carron Fish Bar, Queens Hotel and Shamrock and Thistle Café have all announced temporary closures.

Beauty salon Belle Vie also announced its closure after coming into contact with someone who tested positive.

Last week, The View announced that it decided to shut down its Facebook page as a precaution after a staff member came into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

What’s going on in Stonehaven?

Stonehaven currently has a seven-day positivity rate of over 400 cases per 100,000 people – more than double Aberdeenshire’s current rate of 184.5.

However, the commune does not have the highest rate in the region with Rosehearty, Newmachar, Garlogie, Banchory, and Auchterless all ranging from 400 to 450.

An NHS Grampian spokesperson said: ‘We are seeing a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in Stonehaven, as well as in other parts of Grampian. We continue to encourage everyone to continue to follow FACTS advice, attend their immunization appointments when prompted, self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately if they develop symptoms, and access regular asymptomatic testing to help us identify cases as quickly as possible.

“A mobile test unit visits the city on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. In addition, a new community testing unit will be at Mackie Academy on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“If you don’t have symptoms, you can order a lateral flow device test kit, with seven tests, through the NHS Inform website. These can be picked up from participating pharmacies or sent directly to your home. Remember that LFD tests should only be used by people without symptoms. “

Aberdeenshire Council will also increase its mobile testing facilities next week.

Converted library vans will travel to communities such as Fraserburgh, Banff, Turriff, Oldmeldrum, Kemnay, Laurencekirk, Stonehaven and Westhill to offer testing. The full schedule is available on the website.

Scotland today reported a new record of Covid cases with 4,234 positive tests in the past 24 hours.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed that the country is still on track for restrictions to be relaxed on July 19 due to the success of the vaccines.


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