It’s the summer of the staycation – and there are no shortage of great places to go on holiday in the UK over the next few weeks and months.
Packing up the car for a minibreak, dusting off the tent for a camping trip or booking yourself a luxury stay in a boutique hotel is the way to go to make those summer memories.
Hotels, campsites, caravan parks and B&Bs are ready to take bookings and there are plenty of attractions opening up. You might find places less crowded than usual to keep you safe, one-way systems and floor markings in place and increased hygiene measures such as deep cleans and hand sanitiser available.
Whether you choose a hotel, campsite or caravan holiday you’ll find a way to enjoy summer safely. Just remember to go through this checklist before you set off…
Note: you will need to respect the guidelines of the UK nation you’re visiting, as different rules currently apply.
1. Avoid travelling during peak times and think about cycling and walking rather than taking public transport.
2. If you’re driving, plan your route including any breaks before you set out. Your household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle.
3. Check your car is safe and roadworthy if you haven’t used it for a while.
4. Watch out for more pedestrians and cyclists on the road – and leave room for social distancing at traffic lights.
5. Limit the time you spend at garages, petrol stations and motorway services, pay by contactless and keep your distance.
6. Wash or sanitise your hands regularly – and always when exiting or re-entering your vehicle and at the end of your journey.
7. Do not travel if you’re experiencing any coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating because someone in your household or bubble has symptoms.
8. If NHS test and trace has told you to self-isolate, do not travel.
9. Avoid areas under local lockdown – you can check the latest advice at gov.uk/coronavirus.
10. Keep two metres apart from anyone outside your household (or one metre plus if you can’t). The two-metre distance must be maintained in Wales (wear a face mask if that’s not possible) and one metre in Northern Ireland.
11. Face coverings must be worn in enclosed spaces such as shops and public transport in Scotland, but you don’t need to wear one in pubs, cafes and banks. Maintain a two-metre distance (this doesn’t apply to children under 11).
12. Wear a face covering (over your nose and mouth) on public transport: that’s a bus, tram, coach, ferry, hovercraft, plane or cable car.
13. It’s advised to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where you can’t maintain social distancing, such as stations, shops and taxis.
14. Avoid traffic jams by walking or cycling to local attractions.
15. And remember: go off the beaten track to find your little piece of paradise.
“Fall back in love with the great British holiday”
Barrie Robinson, Operations Director for Parkdean Resorts, on how holiday parks are helping guests enjoy their long-awaited breaks safely
“We’ve started to open up our parks and it was absolutely fantastic to see our owners come back to their holiday homes. They’ve given us brilliant feedback about how safe and secure our parks are, but have also said it feels normal.
“People are excited to go away again and July and August are booking up fast. We want people to experience brilliant time with their family and friends – and to hopefully fall back in love with the great British holiday.
“We’re really lucky in our caravan parks that legally each one has to be five metres apart anyway, so it lends itself very well to social distancing. Each is self contained and deep cleaned at changeover, so if you were feeling uneasy about being in a crowded place you can still come on holiday and stay in splendid isolation with self catering.
“Our bars and restaurants are open. You give your details and set up a tab on the way in and you can order food and drinks on the app and our serving team will bring it to you on a tray.”