The best-known tourist site at Loch Ness is taking a page out of the mythical monster’s book and disappearing for a while.
Scotland’s Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, a 30-year-old museum dedicated to Nessie, has confirmed that it, too, has been forced to temporarily close as part of efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
“If Nessie can avoid social contact for 15 centuries, I am sure we can manage a few weeks, ” David Bremner, co-owner of the tourist site, told Scottish media.
The tourist centre, which describes the Loch Ness monster as a “social distancing champion since 565AD, ” is known for its exhibition on the stories, hoaxes and research surrounding the legend.
“Following government advice during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the exhibition, along with the retail area, Cobbs Cafe and The Loch Ness Hotel, are all closed until further notice, ” the centre announced.
In closing its doors, the popular highlight is joining countless others tourist landmarks around the world, from the Louvre in Paris to the pyramids in Egypt, to be shuttered by the pandemic.
Britain has imposed a historic lockdown that allows people to leave their homes only for essential shopping, medical needs and exercise.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the measures would be enforced by the police and reviewed on April 11. – dpa
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