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Historic Scotland close properties amidst coronavirus fears

By Kirsty Brown

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Historic Scotland have announced that a number of their properties will be closed to the public until further notice.

The decision affects their staffed properties and offices, including tourist hotspots Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle as well as the Historic Environment Scotland Archives and Library.

Local properties which may be affected by the decision include: Duff House, Huntly Castle and the Museum Of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh.

To check if the place you're thinking of visiting is a Historic Scotland venue and if it remains open, you can check: www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/.

Chief executive Alex Paterson said: "Following the advice on Monday March 16 we have taken the decision to close public access to our staffed properties and offices until further notice.

"All planned public events will also be postponed until further notice.

"We have taken the decision to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff.

"All our unstaffed sites are open as usual, and we would encourage you to try and stay as safe as possible whilst visiting them and enjoying the start of spring.

"We will continue to operate the rest of our business functions as far as possible and we will continue to review our operations against further government advice.

"Staff have been asked to work from home where possible, and we're exploring the practical options for staff who aren't able to do this.

"While this is an uncertain time, we'd like to thank all of our visitors for their cooperation and understanding.

"We will continue to provide updates as the situation develops.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Full details of events which have been affected can be found on: historicenvironment.scot/whats-on.

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