Environmental Health email update

This Easter – #stayhomesavelives.


Council closes car parks and reminds holiday home owners of COVID-19 legislation to discourage travel.

Fifteen ‘attraction’ car parks across the Highland region will be closed this Easter weekend and until further notice during the COVID-19 lockdown period to discourage people from travelling and to help encourage them to follow national guidance and #stayhomesavelives.

The Council is clear that it is not blocking access rights to the countryside and is within its rights to close car parks that the council owns as this will help to discourage travel and save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We urge everyone to stay home save lives and to follow current Government advice on exercising outdoors and to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The current advice is:

  • One outing for exercise per day – walk, run or cycle, alone or with members of your household.
  • Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
  • Keep your distance – try to stay 2m away from other people when out and about and pass quickly but do call a friendly greeting or give a wave.
  • Avoid contact – take hygiene precautions when you are outside and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Dogs need to be kept on a lead or under close control, do not let them approach others and as always pick up and remove all waste.

In addition, all holiday accommodation should only be available to essential key workers and not tourists. Tourism and holiday home businesses are asked to abide by the legislation to protect the Highland community and local NHS services. Highland Council’s Environmental Health Team will respond to any queries with support from Trading Standards colleagues. Any concerns can be raised with Environmental Health through email at: envhealth@highland.gov.uk.

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Over the current school closure, please contact your child’s class teacher by email if you have any queries about online learning. If you have any other concerns, please contact Meg Snedden, Acting Head Teacher, using the following email: meg.snedden@highland.gov.uk

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