Communities across Aberdeenshire are being urged to follow the latest public health advice and continue to observe lockdown regulations.
The local authority has re-iterated Nicola Sturgeon’s message that the only thing that has changed in Scotland is that people can go outside more than once a day to exercise.
The change does not allow people to mix with those from different households, to gather in groups, or to go out to relax outdoors.
No indication has been given regarding re-opening of schools or community facilities, and any future changes will be communicated in advance, the council has stressed.
Council leader Jim Gifford said: “We know it’s frustrating and people are keen to see their families and friends, get back to work and return to a more normal way of life.
“However, the public health advice is clear in Scotland.
“We should only leave the house for very limited purposes, for basic necessities, such as food and medicine, exercise, any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, and travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.”
He added: “Our primary concern is to protect our staff and communities.
“We will only reopen when Government tells us it is safe to do so and we are sure that we have in place appropriate processes to operate safely.
“Our senior team is making preparations and discussing how best to do this.”