Good tae see Glencoe smarting up and only accepting folk that are allowed to be there.
I had a look through their facebook among others. It saddens me even more that fcking shite site was born, as I'm sure some they thick fanjeetas posting on there would find their way on here so I can get fill them with pleasantries...
In regards tae Hillend, I'm guessing to many folk hitting the place and not enough staff to clean the place would be an issue.. As has been mentioned, the pomas are an issue as is any other place where multiple people touch ?
Hopefully the decision to close Hillend isn't another example of outdoor "touch points" like drag tows and public toilets being overplayed as tanginbly relevant drivers of community transmission of COVID19. One of the things we know with clarity is that (outwith intra-household contacts), close physical contact with those outside your household is the main driver of transmission in the general population. In ski-ing terms, catered chalet-hotels, apres bars such as in Iscghl and possibly cable car/large gondola use appear to have been the main issue rather than "touch points" related to lift infastructure.
As far as public toilets go, can any resident Scots reading this think of anywhere they have ever been more motivated to avoid touching a hard surface throughout their lives??
In terms of the relevance to Scottish skiing (including Hillend), drag lift users generally wear ski gloves and could easily be compelled to. Being constructed of textile, these gloves are demonstrably in lab conditions poorly capable of carrying viably transmittable virus compared to bare skin (and certainly compared vinyl....).
Furthermore - leaving aside the uncertainty as to whether environmental levels of UV will render deposited COVID19 unviable for transmission - it seems unlikely that sufficient quantities of viable virus would survive a journey between drag tow users of several hundred metres whilst the hanger is blasted by wind/snow/ice/feezing rain/drifting snow/tumbling snowboarders to cause any sort of outbreak that might affect the local or national COVID picture.
If the "you don't need an RCT to tell you face coverings reduce COVID spread" is a good enough arguement to force schooolkids not at personally significant risk from COVID to cover their faces for their time in class every day, surely we are nowhere near the stage that we should suspect the the activity itself of outdoor ski-ing in Scotland is risks>benefits.