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Coronavirus in Moray: Obey the lockdown rules this Easter weekend, pleads forestry group

By Alistair Whitfield

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Ahead of the long Easter weekend Forestry and Land Scotland is reminding people that all of its car parks and visitor facilities remain closed.

The FLS says these closures are in support of UK and Scottish Government requirements on social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travel.

Simon Hodgson, the organisation's chief executive, said: "We have made the difficult decision to close our car parks, mountain bike trails and all visitor facilities.

"Initially our car parks were open but this resulted in a high number of visitors over Mothers Day weekend on March 22.

"As a result, in line with government requirements for us all to avoid unnecessary travel to reduce the spread of COVID-19 our car parks have been closed from Monday, March 30.

"We appreciate that fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being – especially on long weekends – and local forest trails are open for local visitors.

"Our mountain bike trails, however, remain closed as our staff, who are working from home, cannot be out and about doing our regular safety checks and maintenance.

"If you can get to one of our forests by walking, by bicycle or by wheelchair, you are very welcome – as long as you follow social distance guidelines.

"I would urge everyone to follow the current government and NHS health advice."

Until further notice, all of FLS’s visitor centres across Scotland are closed.

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