Holidays may be back on the cards from July as the UK government pushes ahead with its three-point plan to relax lockdown measures. Following ten weeks in lockdown, Britons may now be allowed to head back to much-loved camping and caravan sites, along with holiday parks, as part of phase three of the relaxation.
However, as sites gear up to welcome back guests, they must also consider new social distancing and hygiene measures in a bid to stop any further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Popular UK family holiday provider Haven has revealed a new set of rules it will enforce across its holiday parks to ensure the safety of staff and guests.
While it may be an exciting promise for Britons eager for a break away from home, the holiday experience might not be the one they expect.
Guests will now be expected to follow social distancing measures including timed check-ins, to avoid close interaction with other guests, as well as sealed caravan doors to ensure maximum hygiene levels.
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Speaking to The Sun, Gerard Tempest, Haven’s Director of Guest and Proposition also revealed that amenities including swimming pools, restaurants, pubs and children’s play areas will be off-limits.
“The experience has changed from when guests first arrive at the park,” he explained.
“They will be given an allocated time for arrival so that we can meet them at the gate and allow them to bypass reception – taking them straight to their caravan where they will be given their set of keys and a welcome pack.”
The holiday park will also implement one-way systems changing the way guests navigate around the park.
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Similar systems will be enforced in onsite supermarkets when guests need to restock on groceries.
“When it comes to cleaning, we’ll have new teams of cleaning who are regularly cleaning high-touch areas like door handles and we’ll also provide PPE to the teams cleaning the caravans,” he added.
With UK tourism taking a massive hit during the pandemic, Haven is also looking at new ways to encourage visitors to return as soon as they are allowed to do so.
Following a forecast from VisitBritain suggesting a 54 percent drop in overseas visits to the UK and a 55 percent fall in spending to £11.6billion, Britons are being urged to help save the sector.
Haven has launched its new “Hideaway” breaks, which promise reduced prices, with some starting from as low as £65 for a four-night family stay.
However, the stripped-back holidays will mean visitors will have little use of amenities due to social distancing rules.
If pools, restaurants and play areas are allowed to be open on-site, they may be subject to a headcount.
Travellers who booked holidays prior to the launch of the “Hideaway” packages may still be granted access to the amenities.
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The good news is that camping and caravan holidays are high on the agenda for many Britons, and it is anticipated that the staycation industry as a whole will see a boost once Britons are allowed to escape.
New statistics revealed by CabinBookers found that 90 percent of UK holidaymakers are planning to take a domestic holiday once the coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been lifted.
Patricia Yates, chief executive of VisitBritain, said: “When Government advice changes and we are once more allowed to roam, consider revisiting or exploring somewhere new and having an extra holiday at home.
“Our tourist sector is one of the most vibrant and successful in the world – it needs you to make sure it bounces back once more.”