Campsites and caravan parks have noticed a spike in enquiries and bookings over the last month thanks to the UK government’s decision to begin easing lockdown. While caravan parks and campsites are yet to open, there is hope that they will reopen on July 4. As more people start searching for camping equipment and enquiries continue, it seems outdoor staycations could be the travel trend of the year.
It has been argued that campsites, caravan and holiday parks offer visitors more safety compared to other holidays.
Naturally, visitors to the sites will be more isolated, outdoors, self-sufficient and socially distanced.
Many sites have also said that communal areas including toilet and shower facilities could stay closed to keep visitors safe.
But to ensure people remain socially distanced, Ros Pritchard, director-general of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) has come up with an innovative way to keep distance between holiday homes.
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Mr Pritchard said: “You have to have this two metres of distance so we came up with the idea that you just leave two metres un-mown because that gives the visual indication of space that some people can’t imagine.
“We’ve already done wildlife corridors on the margins and through our parks so it’s just extending these to two metres.”
Haven Holidays also recently announced its plans to make sure that guests will remain safe when they arrive at one of their parks.
Cleaning measures, seals on caravan doors and bypassing reception areas are just a few of the rules being put in place.
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Haven’s Director of Guest and Proposition, Gerard Tempest told Sun Online Travel that the experience has changed.
He said: “The experience has changed from when guests first arrive at the park.
“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.
“Getting around will change too – in the same way that you have one way aisles at the supermarket, we’ll have that on a much bigger scale in the park.”
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He added: “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.
“Once they have finished cleaning it for a new guest, we will seal the caravan across the door and we will tell guests that if the seal is broken they should not enter.”
Currently, staying away from home is now allowed in England.
This means that camping, staying in a caravan, holiday home or motorhome is not permitted.
Staycations in the UK
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Heritage and Tourism at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nigel Huddleston set out the latest measures in England clearly on Twitter.
He tweeted: “You and your household can head outdoors for your physical and mental wellbeing in England.
“But be respectful to local people and communities.
“You must adopt social distancing at all times.
“Then return to your primary home – no overnight stays, including second homes and holiday homes.”