Easing Restrctions in the National Park
News from the National Park Authority
Following last week’s announcement by the First Minister that Scotland would begin moving into Phases 2 and 3 of the routemap out of lockdown, further indicative dates for changes within this phase have been announced this week. Some of these changes are being brought forward earlier than had been originally expected.
The indicative dates announced this week are:
·Travel distance restriction relaxed
·Self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) permitted
·Outdoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice)
·People can meet in extended groups outdoors (with physical distancing)
·Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two other households (with physical distancing)
·Organised outdoor contact sports can resume for children and young people (subject to guidance)
·Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open (following guidance and with physical distancing)
·All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance)
Indoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public
This shows that further good progress is being made on suppressing the virus
and will be welcome news to many. At the same time, the shorter timescales for
some of these stages does also present challenges in terms of reopening
planning. We are currently reviewing our plans for reopening National Park
sites and facilities and will provide more detail on timings next week.
While detailed planning is already underway for the reopening of National Park
sites and facilities, we are reviewing these plans in light of these new dates.
Our priority for reopening will continue to be car parks and toilets first as
these are the facilities that support the majority of visitors and a wide range
of visitors. We are working closely with our partners to coordinate timings for
this with the aim of opening all car parks and toilets in key visitor hotspots
by Friday 3rd July in line with the lifting of travel restrictions.
We are also carrying out detailed risk assessments to ensure we have
appropriate safety measures in place where necessary before these facilities
open. We are also considering options for additional temporary provision of
toilets in some locations.
When these facilities do open, they will not operate as they did before with
reduced capacity and safety measures in place. This is a message we will be
clearly communicating to visitors once the five mile guidance on travel is
We will also focus our messaging to visitors on the importance of
planning ahead, not going to crowded places and responsible behaviour,
especially when it comes to litter, when they do come to the National Park.
We are grateful to communities within the National Park who feedback important
information to us about issues or visitor pressures you are feeling on the
ground. We are sharing information with key partners as part of our National
Park Safe Recovery Working Group to address these wherever possible. Please
continue to send us information on issues arising to [email protected] for
More information on our response to the lockdown changes and updated
reopening plans will be shared and discussed with community representative
groups at a meeting next week as well as with businesses and other key
stakeholder groups. We welcome your support in sharing these updates locally.
Further information and guidance for National Park communities
will continue to be provided on our dedicated Coronavirus web page at www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/coronavirus.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything in this update,
please contact [email protected]