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It's go for Logan Gardens as tourism is set to make a comeback

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TOURISM is expected to be fully reopened by July 15 as restrictions are eased as laid out in Nicola Sturgeon's roadmap out of the Coronavirus crisis. Among those preparing to get fully back into action are Logan Botanic Gardens. Curator Richard Baines and his team say they have ensured everything is in place to open the gates on Wednesday, July 1. Considerable effort has gone into safety measures. New, temporary, measures include a one-way system on some paths and restrictions to access in confined areas such as the shop and toilets. Staff will be using PPE. Mr Baines says: “We are delighted to be welcoming back our local visitors. And, while people will notice some changes from their last visit to Logan, the experience of being in the Garden should be as positive as ever. “Additional signage, screens and barriers will be in place, we will only be using the disabled toilet and food from the Bistro will be for take away and picnics, rather than to sit in. This should give our visitors the confidence to make the most of the Garden, to explore our many new plantings and simply enjoy the sense of well-being experienced in such beautiful surroundings.” Simon Milne MBE, Regius Keeper of Logan's parent organisation, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, added: “We look forward to welcoming back visitors and recognise that an ability to connect with the environment is vital to the well-being of everyone. With the safety of our staff and visitors remaining our prime concern, we have amended operations to introduce measures that should build trust and confidence. "Lockdown has been a difficult time for everyone, caution is widespread and life will remain away from what we regard as normal for some time. Travel restrictions remain in place and, for the immediate future, we will be restricted to welcoming local communities. However, this is a first hugely important step in our return to extended outreach. We ask for everyone's patience, understanding and support as we resume operations steadily and in a way that works for everyone.” Visitors to the Garden will be invited to make a donation or support the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh by becoming a member and providing crucial support for this world-leading charity in plant science and conservation horticulture. Fergus Ewing, SNP Tourism Secretary, has issued advice for business in the sector as we head towards the July reopening. “We want a strong tourism and hospitality sector to help drive Scotland's economic recovery and future prosperity. “Industry is telling us what it needs and we are listening. Last week we provided clarity on a potential reopening date and announced a specialist task force to look at the recovery process we face. Now we have published guidance to help get the sector up and running again safely. We have also pushed the UK Government for more support, including a VAT reduction and an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. “The coming months will be extremely challenging but the Scottish Government is doing everything in its power to ensure this vital sector bounces back.” He promised a campaign to reassure rural communities which have seen low Covid-19 infection rates that the return of tourism is not a risk. This has yet to be released. For advice on restring tourism, see: https://www.gov.scot/news/restarting-tourism-safely/

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