The Mountain Bothies Association has issued an update to its advice. The bothies that the charity maintains in Scotland, England and Wales through its volunteers should not be used at present except in an emergency. This is because Covid-19 precautions such as social distancing, regular sanitising and wearing of face coverings might not be practised by some visitors which would put other people at risk irrespective of reducing rates of infection.
MBA Chairman Simon Birch said:
“While we now have a timetable for when travel restrictions might be removed, there is as yet no firm information about when other restrictions that currently apply in the bothy situation- groups from different households meeting indoors, social distancing, personal hygiene requirements etc- might be eased. So for the moment the situation remains the same and regrettably therefore we have to repeat our advice that bothies should not be used.
“We fully understand that this will be disappointing news for many bothy users. However, I should like to reassure them that we are closely monitoring Government announcements about further easing of restrictions throughout Great Britain and that it is our intention to make bothies available again, subject to appropriate precautions, just as soon as it is safe to do so.
“While we cannot at present put a date on when that will be, we’re looking forward to the day when we can fully resume our maintenance activities and when those who enjoy the wild and lonely places can once again visit these special buildings.”