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The Queen and Prince Philip could be confined to Balmoral if lockdown is imposed in Aberdeenshire

The Queen could face lockdown in Balmoral if the first minister follows through with her threat to enforce tougher restrictions throughout Aberdeenshire.

Nicola Sturgeon has warned coronavirus spread through Scotland as a result of pubs re-opening.

She ordered all bars and restaurants in the city of Aberdeen to close by 5pm yesterday. A five-mile advisory limit was also introduced on leisure travel.

The measures could soon be widened to include the entire county if cases continue to rise, Ms Sturgeon said.

The Queen and Prince Philip are currently in Balmoral, meaning the royal entourage would be affected if the lockdown were to be extended to Aberdeenshire, reported the Telegraph.

Those living within the city limits cannot step inside each others’ homes but non-essential shops have been allowed to remain open. 

Yesterday, NHS Grampian published a list of 28 bars and restaurants, three golf clubs and a football club. 

It said they were places visited by those who tested positive for coronavirus.    

Some 54 infections have now been reported in the local Covid-19 outbreak – double the figure on Tuesday. 

Speaking in Edinburgh yesterday, Ms Sturgeon said the rise in cases heightened fears the Scottish Government was ‘dealing with a significant outbreak in Aberdeen that may include some community transmission’. 

Extra police officers have been sent out to patrol streets in the city to ensure residents comply with the reintroduced rules. Police Scotland said it would ‘continue to engage, educate and encourage people’ to follow the restrictions. 

The Scottish Tourism Alliance warned the move would be a ‘devastating blow’ for the community and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) described the imposed lockdown as a ‘bitter blow’ to the area.

Meanwhile, some restaurants saw a flurry of last minute bookings after the announcement of the 5pm curfew.

Many bar and hotel owners were left furious about the rule change after investing thousands of pounds in new signage, sanitizing stations, outside seating areas and marquees to keep customers dry.

It came a day after the Queen and Prince Philip landed at Aberdeen Airport where they were met by a driver and whisked off to Balmoral Castle, which is roughly an hour away. 

Their staff in Scotland were quarantined for two weeks to minimise the Covid risk, and the couple are expected to stay there until early October as they enjoy a delayed summer holiday.

The Aberdeen lockdown also comes just six days after parts of the North West of England were also put back under restrictions, with 4.5million people in Manchester facing £100 fines if they breach the rules. 

The measures in Aberdeen, which apply to the city area, will be backed by government regulations, the First Minister said, and will be enforced if the rules are not followed.

The Scottish Government later announced that visits to hospital and care homes from a named family member or friend will be stopped, with only essential visits being allowed.  

Across Scotland, Ms Sturgeon said 18,781 people have tested positive for the virus, up by 64 from 18,717 the day before.

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