Friday 17th July 2020,
North Edinburgh Community News

Travel restrictions lifted from today

From today, the five mile travel distance limit for leisure will be lifted. However, the public are encouraged to stay within their local area, where possible.

Self-contained self-catering holiday accommodation across Scotland will also be able to reopen.

The change covers a variety of businesses including caravan and campervan parks, lodges and second homes.

Police officers enforce lockdown at Silvernowes beach in May.

Outdoor hospitality, such as pavement cafes and beer gardens, can re-open from Monday.

Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said “The re-opening of self-catering accommodation and the lifting of the five mile restriction for travel is good news for our hard-pressed tourism sector.

“Being able to enjoy outdoor hospitality from next week will also be a much needed boost for the industry.

“These announcements don’t mean everything is open again but we are moving in the right direction to get the industry back up and running.

“When travelling, it is essential that plans are made in advance and checks are done on what facilities are open, like public toilets and car parking availability.

“Please ensure you make use of booking systems where available prior to your journey and avoid busy beaches, parks and forests. If you arrive somewhere and it’s crowded, it is essential that you try and find another place.

“If all of us take the necessary individual measures to avoid transmission of the virus, I’m confident we can keep progressing through the route map and enjoy more of what of Scotland has to offer.”

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