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Fresh restrictions have been imposed on golf clubs in Aberdeen following the announcement of a ‘local lockdown’ on the city by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

From 5pm tonight, all clubhouses operated by golf clubs that lie within the Aberdeen City local authority framework are to be closed, with the five-mile maximum travel guidance also being reintroduced.

Golfers from outwith Aberdeen are also advised not to travel to the city to play golf until such times as restrictions ease again.

The First Minister has introduced a local lockdown on the ‘Granite City’ – the first of its kind in Scotland – after it experienced “significant outbreak” of new coronavirus cases in what has been dubbed a “COVID cluster”.

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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.

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“The latest Government advice for Aberdeen
City is that people should not travel for more than five miles for
exercise and all indoor and outdoor hospitality is to close tonight,
this includes clubhouse facilities and beer gardens which
may have been in operation.

“People should also not travel to
Aberdeen. These restrictions will last for seven days and then be reviewed
by the Scottish Government.

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“Should any of this information change, we will continue to provide all affiliated

clubs with the latest information on our dedicated COVID-19 page here.

More information on the affected areas can be found here.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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