Please note this story was published on 19th March and has been superseded by the ‘Stay at home’ message and advice as shown above.
Scottish Mountain Rescue have issued the following statement:
“Following recent reporting around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we want to take this opportunity to provide some updates on our current situation.
Scottish Mountain Rescue teams are continually reviewing their action plans to ensure they can provide a continuous service within Search & Rescue to safeguard both teams and the service to the general public.
Being in the outdoors has many benefits and we are usually very happy to encourage individuals to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of Scotland, however during this ongoing situation we ask you not to take any unnecessary risk when enjoying the outdoors. Perhaps go on adventures you are familiar and safe with and while doing so, keep social distancing in mind.
If you require assistance but you suspect you have Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who has it then please tell the Police this information as soon as you can so our teams can prepare for this. If you need assistance in the outdoors then please dial 999, ask for Police, then Mountain Rescue.
We encourage everyone to maintain good personal, hand and respiratory hygiene and follow the NHS guidelines and Government information.
Our team members are all volunteers and we don’t want them sent home with anything worse than wet clothes and muddy boots!
Together, we can do our bit in all this.”