Holidays both abroad and in the UK have been looking uncertain in recent weeks. But now it has been confirmed by the government today in the Commons that campsites will be reopening on July 4.
Mr Johnson also confirmed that “air bridges” are being looked at as an option for Britons looking to go abroad this year.
However, the government’s strict 14-day quarantine rules which were put in place on June 8 will not be eased as the government does not want to see a second wave of coronavirus brought in from abroad.
Campers will be overjoyed to hear the good news but campsites will not look like they used to.
Communal areas such as showers and toilets will be expected to remain clean and safe.
Campsites reopen: Boris confirms campsites will open on July 4 sparking UK holiday hope
Campsites reopen: Britons will be pleased to hear that from July 4 they will be allowed to camp
Since March, Britons have not been allowed to stay away from their primary residence which included second homes.
But today, Britons will be pleased to hear that from July 4 they will be allowed to stay away from their main home.
The Prime Minister said in a statement today: “From July 4, people will be free to stay overnight in contained accommodation, including hotels, B&Bs, including campsites, as long as shared facilities are kept clean.”
Raoul Fraser, owner of Lovat Parks said they are delighted with the news.
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He said: “We are delighted with the Government’s announcement that caravan parks and campsites can reopen.
“Giving families and individuals the opportunity to enjoy a British staycation is essential after months of lockdown, for both physical and mental wellbeing.
“At Lovat Parks we’ve taken every precaution to ensure holidaymakers can socially distance and remain safe, whilst escaping into nature and enjoying the great outdoors.”
The announcements today also mean that the two-metre rule has finally been relaxed to “one metre plus”.
Campsites reopen: Communal areas such as showers and toilets will be expected to remain clean
Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and other businesses will now be able to reopen more easily.
It will also mean that schools, shops, transport and work places will be able to operate more efficiently.
Some indoor locations will require face coverings and perspex screens will be used between tables in restaurants.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “After a long period of asking the public to follow very strict and complex rules the Government believes we are now in a position to enable people to see more of their friends and family.
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“The infection rate has fallen significantly in the first half of June. Only one in 1,700 people have the virus, compared with an average of one in 400 a month ago.
“Where it is not possible to stay two metres apart people are advised instead to keep one metre plus apart, meaning one metre apart plus mitigation.
“For instance on public transport that might mean one metre plus wearing a face covering. In other spaces the mitigations could include screens, facing away from each other, hand washing, minimising time spent with people, and being outdoors.
“Having such mitigations in place at one metre can have a broadly equivalent impact as 2m without them.”
The Prime Minister said: “Today, we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end, and life is returning to our streets and to our shops, the bustle is starting to come back and new but cautious optimism is palpable.
“But I must say to the House it will be all too easy for that frost to return.
“And that is why we will continue to trust in the common sense and the community spirit of the British people to follow this guidance, to carry us through, and to see us to victory over this virus.”