22nd March 2020
Statement from Grant Moir, CEO of the Cairngorms National Park Authority
“The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and new social distancing requirements is uncharted territory for us all. This weekend has seen an unprecedented surge in visitors to the Cairngorms National Park, in particular to beauty spots and communities, as people disregarded the government guidance on essential travel.
“The virus can be spread just as easily in the countryside as it can in urban areas. We understand that it is a difficult time for everyone and getting away for a day in the National Park may be appealing but sadly this weekend has shown that people are not respecting the guidelines. They are putting themselves and others at risk as well as putting a strain on local food supplies and services. We are therefore urging people not to travel to the National Park unnecessarily.
“Recreation outside is still very important for both our physical and mental health, particularly at this stressful time, so people should continue to exercise but please follow the advice issued by Government and spend time in the outdoors close to your home rather than travelling elsewhere.”