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Thursday, 1 March, 2001, 15:51 GMT
Scotland's no-go zones
Road block
Restrictions have been placed on movement
No-go areas have spread to more parts of Scotland after the confirmation of the country's first foot-and-mouth cases.

The 10-mile restriction zone placed round the two Dumfriesshire farms where the disease has been found is only part of the battle to stop the spread of the virus.

A cordon has also been thrown round the Polmont farm where tests have been carried out into a third suspected case.

Closed to the public
Pentland Hills
Ben Nevis
Glencoe
Forestry Commission forests
Buccleuch Estates land
Glasgow and Edinburgh Zoos
Glen Nevis closed to walkers and climbers
And all vehicles and passengers entering Orkney or Shetland by air or sea are being asked to cross mats treated with disinfectant in an effort to stop the disease spreading onto the islands.

Councillors are calling for the step to be given legal powers, while two Liberal Democrat MSPs want disinfected straw or mats to be placed on each road link into the Highlands.

That demand has already been rejected by Rural Affairs Minister Ross Finnie, who said he could see no way of making a special case for the north of Scotland given that livestock movement restrictions already applied throughout the UK.

But the advice is for everyone to stay away from farms and the countryside to stop any further spread of the highly-infectious disease.

'Stay away'

The virus can prove fatal to pigs, cattle, sheep and goats, and can even be transmitted through dust particles in the air.

Mr Finnie stressed that the situation was serious.

"Stay away from the countryside, stay away from livestock farms," he warned.

"Don't think that if there is an announcement that we are having to get rid of animals that this is something the public should go and see.

"This is a serious, serious situation and you should have a thought for the poor farmers whose stock is being slaughtered."

Ross Finnie
Ross Finnie: "This is a serious situation"
Mr Finnie has extended restrictions on livestock movement by two weeks, and councils have been given powers to close footpaths close to farm land.

Many other organisations have also introduced orders banning the public from their land.

In the hills, the Glen Nevis range will be closed to walkers and climbers from Friday.

The slopes will remain open to skiers, but they must first walk over disinfected carpet before heading out.

The Pentland Hills near Edinburgh are effectively shut to the public following the closure of all footpaths.

Access suspended

The Glenmore Lodge Outdoor Centre near Aviemore has cancelled its activities until further notice.

The owners of Ben Nevis and Glencoe had already suspended their open access policies on Wednesday as all climbers and walkers were urged to stay off Scotland's mountains.

The Forestry Commission has closed all its forests to the public for the first time in its history.

All recreational activities in its woodlands have been postponed and the organisation is considering the implications of continuing with its normal forest operations.

Police van
Police at the entrance to one affected farm
Public access to Buccleuch Estates land in the Borders, Dumfriesshire and Midlothian has also been suspended until further notice.

Paths, nature trails, cycle routes and horse riding trails have all been closed and access to tenanted farms on estate land is being restricted to essential users.

Away from the countryside, Glasgow Zoo was closed shortly after Thursday's announcement. Edinburgh Zoo closed earlier in the week.

The Army has stopped all training exercises in Scotland, expect those on regimental bases.

And the Scottish Rugby Union will meet on Friday to decide whether the Six Nations match against England will go ahead at the weekend.

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