Currently, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidelines suggest that Britons should not be travelling abroad unless it is for “essential” purposes. And even though lockdown rules have been eased, and Britons are allowed to go on long journeys, they must stay and sleep in their primary residence. This bank holiday has seen police across the country having to remind people that camping is not permitted at this current time.
Tonight, Steph McGovern presented a new Channel 4 documentary called ‘How To Go On Holiday This Summer’.
During the program, Steph investigated Britons’ options for future travel this summer, whether that’s hoping to travel abroad or considering a holiday in the UK.
Steph spoke to industry experts and insiders such as Travel expert and journalist Simon Calder and Sean Tipton from ABTA.
The experts answered some of holidaymakers’ most burning questions which included how to get refunds from package holidays and whether it is safe to go on holiday in the future
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“When you look between the homes, you’ve got a minimum of about six metres”
One industry professional that Steph also spoke to was Phil Brierley, owner of York House Leisure, a company that owns multiple holiday parks in Yorkshire.
Steph visited one of their caravan parks in Yorkshire to see how they were preparing for the future of travel.
Steph had a social distanced visit with Mr Brierley while they discussed the prospect of holiday parks opening.
Steph described the holiday park as “like a ghost town at the moment”.
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She then asked him whether he can offer people holiday homes safely once restrictions have been lifted.
Mr Brierley said: “Yeah, we’ve already taken into consideration how our own staff have got to work under social distancing.
“When you look between the homes, you’ve got a minimum of about six metres.”
Mr Brierley has also ensured that social distancing measures are in place at the parks’ cafes and other amenities too.
“But I think that once the green light is pushed, they will then come back”
Steph also asked what business could be like once restrictions have been lifted.
He replied: “I still think there’s so much uncertainty, that people are just not prepared to commit to booking a holiday.
“But I think that once the green light is pushed, they will then come back in droves.
“We are already getting enquiries for later in the year for August/September and onwards.”
He added: “For me I genuinely think, as long as we’re given some notice, I think June is not beyond the bounds of possibility.”
He also said he’d “love” to see his park packed again.
Watch ‘How To Go On Holiday This Summer’ on catch up on All 4