A LOCAL authority has warned residents against breaking coronavirus lockdown measures by travelling to beauty spots for exercise.

East Dunbartonshire warned the nice weather had drawn in crowds to visit places like Milngavie Reservoir, Mugdock Country Park and the Campsies’ “Car Park in the Sky”.

The council has now issued a reminder to residents to stay close to home when taking daily exercise in order to minimise the spread of Covid-19.

Thomas Glen, the council's depute chief executive for place, neighbourhood and corporate assets, said: "Our officers will be working in conjunction with Police Scotland in this respect while Police Scotland colleagues will also be carrying out work to make sure that people are not gathering or making non-essential journeys during the emergency period.

"We would remind residents that the government's guidance on social distancing is people should avoid travelling unless it is essential.

"Essential travel does not include driving to beauty spots for exercise.

"Please remember that other people's lives may depend upon your actions."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon previously urged people to abide by the social distancing measures in order to save lives.

Meanwhile, the council also warned it will shut businesses who are not complying with measures introduced to protect people against the spread of the virus.

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