Phase 1 Re-Opening of Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park has partially re-opened in line with the latest Scottish Government Guidance. Please take the time to read the information below before your visit. 

Car Park

The main car park on Dean Road and car park at Assloss Road  are open and will remain open 24 hours a day. There are limited car parking spaces available and we require all those using the car parks to maintain 2m physical distancing at all times. Checks will be conducted and if required we will display ‘Car Park’ full signage at the main entrance.

We ask that anyone using the car park, be mindful of others to ensure a safe distance when leaving or entering your car. Please remain in your car until it is safe to leave or stand back to allow others to enter safely.

Where possible, people should walk or cycle to the country park.

The Kiosk

The Kiosk, located at the Rural Life Centre will be open daily from 11am - 3pm selling a range of hot and cold drinks, confectionery and ice creams. It will operate a cashless system and all transactions will be done via a contactless card reader. If the key pad is required the machine will be wiped clean after the transaction. Customers using the card machine are advised to sanitise their hands after use and before consuming food or drink. 

Physical distancing

It is extremely important that you maintain physical distancing:

  • Stay 2 metres away from other people apart from members of your household. 
  • Maintain hand and cough hygiene.
  • Avoid touching hard surfaces such as walls, fences and park benches.
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser.

Individuals who are shielding are advised to stay at home. If you are in the highest risk (shielding) group outlined by the government, then you should stay at home.  Categories outline here https://www.gov.scot/publications/covid-shielding/pages/highest-risk-classification/

Moving throughout the park

To help the flow of movement throughout the park we ask:

  • That you stay on the left hand side of a path when moving through the park.
  • Do not stop for long periods of time on a path when the park is busy, e.g. to speak with someone passing as this may make it difficult for others to pass and/or cause people to gather and wait.
  • Respect others by being courteous and allow others to pass you safely.
  • Avoid narrow paths where physical distancing will be difficult.
  • Respectfully allow those already using narrow stairways to finish their ascent/descent and to pass by safely.

Recreation

People are allowed to sit in the park and enjoy the surroundings, however it should be noted that:

  • Only meetings with up to two other households are permitted.
  • There should be no large gatherings.
  • Groups will be asked to disperse by staff on site or the Police.

Running, cycling and horse riding on bridleways are permitted within the park, however:

  • Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse-riders on bridleways.
  • Cyclists and runners are asked to give way to others walking on the path and pass people safely allowing a 2m distance. If necessary, stop to allow others to pass.

Urban Farm

Access to the farm is still permitted and we hope you will enjoy walking through this area and seeing our animals but we ask that you:

  • PLEASE do not feed the animals.
  • Do not touch or pet the animals.
  • Do not stand for long periods of time at the fence to watch the animals.
  • Move on from your viewing point should the area start to become congested.

Facilities

At this time there are still a number of restriction in place that will apply to the facilities in the country park:

  • The play park will remain closed to reduce the risk of transmission via surfaces. We ask that you do not use the play equipment on site.
  • The Visitor Centre and Rural Life Centre will remain closed. There will be no public toilets available.
  • The Kiosk will be opened to the public for take away drinks, confectionary and ice creams mid-June. 

Protecting the Natural Environment:

Please respect the country park and leave no trace of your visit. We ask that everyone:

  • Takes home their litter and leftover food. It is unsightly, can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals and dropping litter and dumping rubbish are criminal offences.
  • Clean up after your dog and dispose of the mess responsibly – ‘bag it and bin it’

When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals or other people by keeping it under effective control. This means that you:

  • Keep your dog on a lead.
  • Keep it in sight at all times and be aware of what it is doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command.
  • Ensure it does not stray off to other people.

Dean Castle Country Park provides a suitable location for people to enjoy the outdoors, nature and exercise during this difficult time. This will only be possible if visitors adhere to the physical distancing measures outlined by the Scottish Government.

More information can be found here:

www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/pages/exercise/

Covid19 symptoms – stay at home:

It’s very important that you stay at home if you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) or you live with someone that has symptoms. Household isolation will help to control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community and the most vulnerable.

The most common symptoms are recent onset of any of the following:

  • A new continuous cough.
  • A high temperature.
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

If you live alone you should stay at home for 7 days from the day your symptoms started. This will reduce the risk of you infecting others.

If you live with others, the person who has symptoms should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms started. All other household members should isolate as a household for 14 days even if they don’t have symptoms themselves. The 14-day period starts from the first day the person had symptoms.

More guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection can be found here. www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/test-trace-and-isolate/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-infection

Please enjoy the country park and respect others using and working in the grounds.

 

 

 

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