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Cairngorms National Park boss reminds visitors lockdown is still in place in Scotland

By Gavin Musgrove

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The Cairngorms National Park Authority is reminding everyone to continue to stay at home except for essential purposes this Bank Holiday weekend.

Park bosses have pointed out that there is currently no change to the national lockdown restrictions in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland.

They have emphasised the status quo remains despite an announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday that some restrictions could be eased from next Thursday.

Visitors will be welcomed back to the Cairngorms National Park but not yet.
Visitors will be welcomed back to the Cairngorms National Park but not yet.

Grant Moir, Chief Executive of the CNPA said: “In light of the announcement made by the Scottish Government we would kindly remind people that the current approach to lockdown is still in force until at least May 28.

"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 said it is working with partners and land managers to prepare for when restrictions are eased.

Earlier this week, the park authority announced the recruitment of seven seasonal rangers as part of a coordinated approach to recovery within the national park.

They will work closely with communities, land managers and eventually visitors, to help ensure a safe experience for all.

Working closely with existing ranger services, the CNPA has said the extra resource will prove essential to help deal with visitor management issues within the national park.

Mr Moir 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.”

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