22nd May 2020
This bank holiday weekend, the Cairngorms National Park Authority is reminding everyone to continue to stay at home except for essential purposes. There is currently no change to the national lockdown restrictions in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland, despite an announcement earlier this week that some restrictions could be eased by the end of this month.
Grant Moir, Chief Executive of the CNPA said: “In light of the announcement made by the Scottish Government on Thursday we would kindly remind people that the current approach to lockdown is still in force until at least the 28th May – we would appreciate it if everyone could continue to follow the guidance and please stay at home and keep to your immediate local area for exercise.
“As much as it pains me to say it, please do not visit the Cairngorms National Park at this time so that we can all stay safe, save lives and protect our NHS. Instead, continue to exercise close to home using local paths. Remember to stay two metres from other people and please remember to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code at all times, especially those people with dogs. This will help protect vulnerable ground nesting birds on our moors and in our forests.”
The CNPA is working with partners and land managers to prepare for when restrictions are eased. Earlier this week, the CNPA announced the recruitment of seven seasonal rangers as part of a coordinated approach to recovery within the Park, working closely with communities, land managers and eventually visitors, to help ensure a safe experience for all. Working closely with existing ranger services, the extra resource will prove essential to help deal with visitor management issues within the National Park.
Grant added: “The National Park is a popular place for visitors and we look forward welcoming them back at the appropriate time but we need to manage how people access the Cairngorms National Park to ensure that physical distancing and wider health guidance is adhered to, our environment is protected and our communities feel safe.”
Up to date information on Covid-19 guidance and restrictions can be found on the Scottish Government website with additional information in relation to the Cairngorms National Park on the CNPA’s website.