The Lord Provost feels Aberdeen was treated unjustly and ‘less well’ than other parts of Scotland in the recent administering of local lockdowns and says there’s a long history to this tale.
The first local lockdown administered in Scotland was brought on Aberdeen City at the beginning of August when a cluster of cases were identified at the Hawthorn Bar in the city centre.
During the lockdown no one could go in and out of the city (unless for work purposes) and all hospitality venues were ordered to shut for a further two weeks after the prolonged lockdown at the start of the year.
At the beginning of this month it was identified there were a growing number of cases of coronavirus in Glasgow City and the surrounding area, so the SNP introduced new restrictions on Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.
These restrictions were different to the restrictions imposed on Aberdeen, banning households from meeting in each other’s homes, but they could still meet outside and, most pertinently, at the pub.
“Historic tale of injustice“
“It’s a long historic tale there. We’re a very different city from the rest of Scotland and you always feel that the central decision making counts against you.”
The Lord Provost believes Aberdonians should always be on guard when the city and shire are picked out.
The Lord Provost said: “Aberdeen does stand out. We’re a very different city from the rest of Scotland and you always feel that the central decision making counts against you and that people would be reluctant to take more action against Edinburgh and Glasgow than they are.
“There’s an injustice to that because we are always used to being treated less well than some other parts of Scotland.”
Each case evaluated on particular circumstances
“I recognise that people in my constituency may feel a sense of injustice, but each cluster is assessed in isolation.”
SNP member at Holyrood and representative of Aberdeen South Maureen Watt responded to the Lord Provost’s claims by saying she was aware of a sense of injustice in the way Aberdonians can be treated by Holyrood, but says each lockdown is assessed on it own factors.
Ms Watt said: “I recognise that people in my constituency may feel a sense of injustice, but each cluster is assessed in isolation.
“In Aberdeen the increase in numbers was related to the hospitality industry. In the greater Glasgow area it was based on interactions among households.”
Ms Watt reiterated that any restrictions imposed are done so with the advice of medical experts which should always be followed.
Ms Watt went on to say: “Decisions are taken after input from health and medical experts. The Scottish Government takes these views on board when deciding whether or not to impose local lockdowns and how restrictive they should be.”
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