Latest COVID-19 news around Aberdeenshire

Fraserburgh Vintage Car Rally, due to take place on June 7, is the latest victim of the coronavirus.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 9:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 10:00 am
More events have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

Peterhead's Relay for Life has also been cancelled, and a meeting is due to be held to discuss whether or not the town's Scottish Week will go ahead.

Meanwhile, Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership announced that it was restricting all visiting to Community Hospitals to only those agreed in advance by the Senior Charge Nurse. All of the Minor Injury Units across Aberdeenshire except for the three largest units at Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Huntly, are now closed.

Care Homes, Very Sheltered Housing complexes and Supported Living Accommodation are also closed to visitors unless agreed with the relevant manager in advance. Families can still deliver packages/gifts to loved ones but will need to contact the home directly to find out what local drop off arrangements are.

All non-urgent AHP (Allied Health Professionals) appointments have been suspended with support being provided by telephone where required. All affected patients will be contacted directly (Occupational Health, Speech & Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Dieticians).

Our Primary Care Teams (GP practices etc.) are extremely busy at the moment and they are triaging all appointment requests and have suspend non-urgent services and appointments. Anyone experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms must call 111 and not their GP. Anyone with symptoms should not attend their GP Practice unless told to do so.

It is vitally important that children continue to receive any immunisations they are due to have. Parents and carers will be contacted directly with information and appointments. Health Visiting Teams are prioritising essential visits and will be offering telephone appointments to those that urgently require them from now, where appropriate, to ensure that support is available.

If your business has been affected by the outbreak, businesses can now apply for help to the Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund. The fund is administered by local authorities and depending on the type and size of the business premises, applicants can apply for either a £10,000 grant or £25,000 grant. To apply, please complete the business support application form and email it to [email protected]

This is in addition to the wider support available to the business community which can be found at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-covid-19/#grants

The majority of A2B dial-a-bus services operated by Aberdeenshire Council minibuses are suspended, except Turriff A2B which will be suspended from Thursday, March 26. Central Buchan A2B (operated by Kininmonth Coaches) is operating a reduced service for essential travel only.

All council recycling centres are now closed. Please only use the kerbside collection service for the time being. All waste and recycling must be contained in the bins, as no side waste can be accepted. To save space in bins, avoid buying items with excessive packaging where you can, squash air out of plastic bottles, stack plastic pots inside each other, put paper and card inside a cereal box, squeeze air out of non-recyclable waste bags and compost your garden waste at home.

All household bin collections are currently operating as normal. Residents should put out their containers for collection for 7am on collection day as there may be changes to collection times. More here: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/waste-covid-19/

Seasonal garden waste points and bulky waste uplifts are suspended until further notice

Out of concern for the welfare of employee and clients and following advice issued by the Registrar General, face to face registration appointments have been withdrawn for the forthcoming period. The service intends to resume provision of registration appointments via telephone and email contact over the next few days.

Customers with specific enquiries relating to the registration of birth marriage and death, or regarding marriage ceremonies, should contact their local registrar directly to discuss.

The following services remain available by telephone, email or by Skype meeting including:

• Submission of marriage notices

• Discussion of marriage ceremonies and general registration enquiries

• Copies of extracts (registration certificates)

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies are unfortunately not permitted to proceed at the current time. Exceptions may be considered only in particularly time-sensitive circumstances due to specific health conditions. Please contact a registration office directly to discuss.

Submitted marriage notices are valid for only 90 days. However, where marriage notices expire due to COVID-19 considerations, couples will be permitted to re-submit subsequent notices at a later date free of charge.

Group citizenship ceremonies have been cancelled for now. Those due to participate in a ceremony should contact their local registration office if they wish to enquire about completion of the naturalisation process.

Country parks and open spaces will remain open but social distancing guidelines must be strictly observed. Toilets in country parks, open spaces and in cemeteries have been closed while play areas are also now closed.