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Protection level increase across majority of National Park

Covid protection levels are increasing across large areas of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park from Friday 20th November.

The National Park, which covers an area of 720 square miles, crosses over four different council areas. Following the First Minister’s announcement earlier this week, two local authority areas covering a significant area of the National Park will move to Level 4 of protection measures.

West Dunbartonshire Council and Stirling Council move to the top level of restrictions. Perth and Kinross Council remains at Level 3 while Argyll and Bute Council remains at Level 2.

As well as following the local level measures, all visitors and residents are being reminded that from Friday travel restrictions will be put into law to further enforce the guidance that restricts people who live in Level 3 or 4 local authority areas from travel outside their local authority except for an essential purpose – such as work or caring responsibilities.

The regulations also prevent non-essential travel into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, except for the same reasons.

Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, said: “I know many people will be disheartened that so much of the National Park is moving into the highest protection level but I would ask everyone to play their part by adhering to these measures, especially around travelling to different areas so that we can minimise the further spread of the virus.

“It’s particularly important that people are aware that there are different local authority areas within the National Park so the levels are not the same everywhere and that the travel guidance will now become law. To comply with the move to level four in West Dunbartonshire the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway including the slipway, office, car park and toilets will close from Friday for three weeks. Hospitality businesses and visitor attractions will be also closed in Level 4 Areas.

“For those in lower level areas of the National Park who are still able to get out and enjoy certain areas please plan and check your travel in advance and be aware that even in some lower level areas many facilities such as public toilets have moved to winter opening hours.

“Further details and a map outlining where the different levels apply as well as information on visitor facilities is available on the National Park’s website.”

For further information please visit our Advice to Visitors page.

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