COVID-19: Forest rangers predict crowds of tourists

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In the present day, there are eight,603 confirmed circumstances of individuals contaminated with this novel pressure of the coronavirus within the Netherlands. Numerous persons are staying house and becoming bored. The climate is gorgeous, which implies many of those folks will need to get exterior.

Forest rangers on the province of Brabant’s nature reserves will, due to this fact, be on edge this weekend. “Further rangers can be employed for any instant and vital intervention,” says Erik de Jonge from the Brabants Landschap. “The change in guidelines is just not very shocking.”


“We noticed folks ignoring the corona tips and crowding the reserves.” Ranger De Jonge from the Brabantse Wal says, “It was an especially busy weekend. Individuals had been clustering and biking shut collectively. That was not what they had been meant to do”. 

Stricter guidelines

The forestry division can be implementing stricter measures for the approaching weekend. “We’ll assess the state of affairs on an hourly foundation. If it will get crowded, we’ll instantly shut the character reserve and parking areas”, says a spokesperson. They may warn folks utilizing data boards too.

If vital, the park rangers may even tackle their conduct. As an alternative of preventive closure of the house, it’s higher if folks use widespread sense. “Should you go to the forest this weekend, keep away from busy locations. And, if you happen to see that the parking spots are full, drive on to a different reserve”.


The federal government had already introduced extra coronavirus preventative measures earlier this week. “Given that folks largely do business from home all week, we perceive that they need to spend a while into nature.” Nevertheless, folks ought to keep away from forming teams in any respect prices.

The platforms the place folks often collect for bird-watching are already closed. Just a few sighting spots are, nonetheless, open. Nationwide tips ought to nonetheless be adopted there. “Let’s not neglect we’re in probably the most stunning seasons of the 12 months. Birds are starting to breed. It’s a fantastic, stress-free factor to take pleasure in Brabant’s pure magnificence”, concludes the forest ranger.

Supply: OmroepBrabant


Translator: Seetha

Editor: Melinda Walraven