A bar created at the site of a former Aberdeen music shop has been told its giant marquee does not classify as an outdoor venue.
The Draft Project by Soul said they were told by council officers this morning its venue was not classed as outdoors as the “marquee is not 1.5m away from neighbouring walls”.
The pop-up bar was created on an open part of the site of the former Bruce Millers store on Langstane Place.
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The Draft Project is back! 🥳🙌🏼🍻 Following the Government's announcement, we are delighted to be reopening our doors from 3pm tomorrow. ⠀ ⠀ We are accepting bookings, as well as a limited number of walk-ins. To book a table, visit: https://www.resdiary.com/restaurant/thedraftproject⠀ ⠀ Our opening hours will be:⠀ 🌟 Wed-Fri 3pm-10pm⠀ 🌟 Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm⠀ ⠀ Our venue was visited by an environmental health officer last week, and all the measures we have in place are fully compliant. Please support our staff and follow our guidance when visiting:⠀ ✅ As we are not classed as an outdoor venue, we can only accommodate 8 people from 3 households per group, with 1m social distancing in place. ✅ You must provide your name and contact details before entering our venue. You can check in using our QR code at the front door.⠀ ✅ Please wear a mask when entering and walking through our venue.⠀ ✅ Please follow social distancing inside our venue.⠀ ❌ If you feel you have any Covid-19 symptoms in the past 14 days, we kindly ask that you do not visit our venue even if you have a booking.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #thedraftproject #aberdeen
The change to its classification restricts the amount of customers allowed per group
According to a statement released by the bar it is now “only able to accommodate up to eight people from up to three households per group, with 1 metre social distancing in place”.
Outdoor venues can have up to 15 people from five households.
The statement added: “We were not told this last week when an Environmental Health Officers visited and reviewed our premises. Nor were we told this during our application process.
“This is the first time we have been told we are not classed as an outdoor venue.”
Aberdeen City Council has been contacted for comment.
The statement added: “As social distancing is likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future, getting it right will be crucial to the recovery of Aberdeen’s local trade.
“As a popular city centre venue, we recognise our responsibility to staff and customers, but equally to other businesses which are such an important part of the city’s culture and economy.
“For that reason, if the First Minister announces that venues can reopen later this week, you won’t see us rushing to open the doors.
The Draft Project is set to reopen at 3pm today, with bookings and a “limited number of walk-ins” spaces available.
All customers will be required to provide contact details and wear a mask when entering or walking through the venue. Social distancing must also be followed.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesperson said: “Ahead of reopening, an assessment of The Draft Project was undertaken, as per the assurance scheme that has been implemented.
“During this assessment, it was discussed that the requirements were for up to eight individuals from up to three households and this was reflected in the risk assessment provided – this was for Soul, but our officers were advised it was applicable to all premises in the group.
“Our officers became aware this morning of social media indicating the plan to operate for up to 15 individuals, and immediately engaged with the business to confirm that this was not the case.”