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Skiers ignore covid lockdown rules in Scotland to flock to Cairngorm Mountain


Skiers ignored Covid-19 lockdown rules in Scotland and flocked to Cairngorm Mountain over the weekend – with crowds blocking access roads even though the resort was closed during the pandemic.

The Highlands Snow Resort closed after it was announced that mainland Scotland would enter Tier 4 on Boxing Day.

The resort's operators said they saw visitors from across the UK, including parts of England in Tier 3 and Tier 4, despite the government banning all but essential travel.

Skiers and tobogganists parked outside the venue and hiked two miles to reach it on Saturday. This created traffic problems and sparked fears that some had broken Covid rules to get there.

Duncan Ferguson of Glenmore said, “It was a slaughter.

Around 150 people parked their cars on an access road to Cairngorm Mountain on Saturday – although the Snow Resort has been closed to the public since Christmas Eve

Ahead of last month's shutdown, Cairngorm Mountain executive director Susan Smith said there had been indications that people from across the UK had traveled to the Highlands Resort

Ahead of last month's shutdown, Cairngorm Mountain executive director Susan Smith said there had been indications that people from across the UK had traveled to the Highlands Resort

“I can understand that people want to get out, but why come here all the time?

“I knocked on my door and asked where the sled field was. Everyone who is there knows where the hayfield is.

"We have a foot of snow here, so I get the bait, but people are selfish."

Councilor Bill Lobban said, “The question you need to ask is where are all these people from? I don't know the people, but I would very much doubt they are all local.

“The advice not to travel means just that. It doesn't mean you should be driving halfway across the country just to visit Glenmore or anywhere else. There are many places you can workout without getting in your car. & # 39;

Villagers in Glenmore on Saturday described a scene of the "carnage" as one of the visitors said, "I would very much doubt they are all local."

Villagers in Glenmore on Saturday described a scene of the "carnage" as one of the visitors said, "I would very much doubt they are all local."

The chaos in Cairngorm came before Holyrood's recall, as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon prepared to make an urgent statement to tighten Covid-19 rules

The chaos in Cairngorm came before Holyrood's recall, as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon prepared to make an urgent statement to tighten Covid-19 rules

Carnage scenes erupted in Glenmore when First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called back Holyrood to discuss additional Covid-19 measures to contain the spread of the virus.

The SNP Chair will meet with senior ministers this morning to agree new restrictions before making an urgent statement to a recalled Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

Yesterday Scotland announced 2,464 new cases of the disease, with the latest hospital admissions and death numbers not due until Tuesday.

Susan Smith, Interim Chief Executive of Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd, previously warned Covid of rule violations.

In her final pre-closing statement, she said, “We are not closing for any reason other than the safety of our employees, customers and the local community.

"The past few weeks have shown that regardless of travel restrictions, people are insisting on breaking the law and entering the Highlands from Tier 3 and 4 areas and other parts of the UK."

Hundreds of people arrived at beauty spots in Wales last week – park rangers were mistreated by visitors traveling into Kent from Tier 4 areas.

Cairngorm Mountain said visitors from Tier 3 and Tier 4 parts of England traveled to the snow resort in the Scottish Highlands before it closed last month

Cairngorm Mountain said visitors from Tier 3 and Tier 4 parts of England traveled to the snow resort in the Scottish Highlands before it closed last month

Wales may be on alert 4, but dozens of cars lined Snowdonia on New Years Day, some of which traveled as far as Kent

Wales may be on alert 4, but dozens of cars lined Snowdonia on New Years Day, some of which traveled as far as Kent

The crowds in Snowdon saw similar scenes at the Brecon Beacons, where hikers from various households in England traveled together over 75 miles in a minibus to climb a Welsh mountain

The crowds in Snowdon saw similar scenes at the Brecon Beacons, where hikers from various households in England traveled together over 75 miles in a minibus to climb a Welsh mountain

The Cairngorm Mountain Resort remains closed after Scotland announced another 2,464 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday

The Cairngorm Mountain Resort remains closed after Scotland announced another 2,464 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday

North Wales police said their officers had turned people away from Snowdonia, some of whom have come as far as Milton Keynes in London.

On New Years Day, pictures of cars parked along the streets of the quaint Welsh beauty spot.

The Snowdonia National Park Twitter page added, “Remember, the exercise should start and end from your home. Protect Wales. & # 39;

Last week, hikers from various households in England traveled together more than 75 miles in a minibus to climb a Welsh mountain.

Police said the hikers came from mixed households and had traveled from Cheltenham to South Wales for a hike.

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