Call to respect Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond Park Authority logo 2After last weekend’s busy scenes, people are being urged to avoid travelling to places which are normally busy during the good weather.

Stirling Council HAS announced 21-day temporary road closures allowing local access only at:

Drymen on the B837 (to prevent access to Balmaha)

Bracklinn Road, Callander near Bracklinn Falls

Gordon Watson, chief executive of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park says the area is “simply not ready for large numbers of visitors yet”.

All visitor facilities, including car parks, remain closed in the park.

Gordon Watson, Chief Executive @lomondtrossachs, said: “We know people come here because they love this place but if you love the National Park please respect it and for now that may mean staying away a bit longer. It will all be here waiting for you when the time is right.”

The FM has warned that mass gatherings are a risk to life and urges people to show support for Black Lives Matter in safe ways, following lockdown advice.

Meanwhile, the UK’s coronavirus death toll has passed more than 40,000, according to the latest government figures.

A total of 40,261 people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for the virus, up 357 from Thursday.

The UK is only the second country – after the US with 108,000 deaths – to pass the milestone.

In March, the UK’s chief scientific adviser said limiting deaths to 20,000 would be a “good outcome”.

The latest figures from Public Health Scotland (PHS) show that 2,409 patients in Scotland have died after a positive test for Covid-19, although the actual number of deaths is known to be far higher.

Weekly data published by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows that up until 31 May there were 3,991 deaths registered in Scotland.

The NRS figures are higher because they include all cases where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate, even if the patient had not been tested.

The PHS figures are based on the deaths of those who had tested positive for the virus.

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