Police chief calls for visitors to 'leave no trace' at Highland beauty spots
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The region's top cop is thankful the majority of Highland residents are sticking to rules designed to halt the spread of coronavirus – but he has warned anyone who steps out of line will face the consequences.
Ahead of the further easing of restrictions on Monday, Highlands and Islands Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Conrad Trickett has issued a message.
He said: “I would like to thank the vast majority of people who are sticking to the rules to suppress the spread of coronavirus.
“The sacrifices people have made have allowed for further easing of regulations around travel, hospitality and non-essential retail from Monday as Scotland moves into level three restrictions.
“With the hospitality sector and non-essential shops reopening we are going to see increased traffic on our roads and more people in our towns, cities and retail parks.
“If you are visiting beauty spots then I would urge you to please do so safely and respectfully – leaving no trace of your visit. Please also park responsibly to allow emergency access.
“While level three allows six people from two households to meet inside a public place, such as a café or restaurant, indoor house parties are still not permitted due to the serious risk of spreading the virus.
"Police Scotland’s approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the legislation and encourage compliance, but our officers will not hesitate to use our enforcement powers as a last resort.
“This approach will continue as, hopefully, restrictions continue to be eased over the coming months and we move back to a more normal way of life.”