Walkers and mountaineers have been warned to stay off Scotland's mountains. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Walkers and mountaineers have been warned to stay off Scotland's mountains. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has stopped issuing public reports as walkers are warned to stay off the mountains during the Covid-19 crisis.

SAIS said it will continue to provide information for emergency services, but ceased posting avalanche information on its website earlier this week.

It said in a statement: “At this time the Scottish Avalanche Information Service is continuing to monitor avalanche hazard, providing vital information for our emergency services. This provision will be continually reviewed in line with government policy and the welfare of our forecasters.”

The independent Mountain Weather Information Service issued a similar statement.

It said: “We will continue to issue daily forecasts and our regular videos to provide information and warnings of weather conditions on the mountains.

“We encourage everyone to be aware of the current advice and ongoing updates to the situation regarding the spread of Covid-19 and to act responsibly, both for yourselves and your families, plus those of the mountain rescue teams and the wider community.

“We wish everyone the best in these times. Stay safe, and stay informed.”

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