Over the past few weeks, more people have decided to ditch holidays abroad for breaks in the UK. The welcome move has seen campsites and holiday parks experience a surge in bookings and enquiries this summer. As temperatures soar this weekend and lockdown rules remain eased, Britons are searching for holidays on the UK’s stunning coastline and in the idyllic countryside.
Holiday parks and campsites are the obvious choice for British holidaymakers looking for a quick break.
But despite offering Britons an isolated, more socially-distanced break, holiday parks are still putting their own safety precautions in place to reassure their customers.
Lovat Parks is an affordable yet luxurious British holiday park company that is working hard to change many people’s perceptions of the traditional British holiday park.
With bookings soaring for 2020, Lovat Parks is experiencing a busy summer.
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The company offers customers seven locations across the counties of Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk and Wiltshire with luxurious-yet-affordable lodges and camping under the stars.
Lovat Parks prides itself in focussing on wellness, nature and enjoying time away from the challenges of everyday life.
Lovat Parks’ owner Raoul Fraser spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk about the measures his parks are putting in place to ensure customers’ peace of mind.
Fraser explained that holiday parks are fortunate because self-contained lodges and motorhomes have to remain five or six metres apart.
He said: “For holiday homes that are self-contained, by law they have to be five to six metres apart.”
He continued: “We’ve done a lot. We’ve ordered a huge amount of PPE, we’ve got hand sanitiser stations all around our parks, we’ve trained our teams.
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“We are trade bodied – the British holiday and home parks association. The BH&HPA have been great.
“We got risk assessments on all of our parks.
“We’ve got extra cleaning measures in place.
“For our teams, we’re going to buy antibody tests so that they can check to see whether they have had it or not.
“Fundamentally, I think being outdoors in the fresh air will not only help people’s mental well-being but I think you can do it safely as well.
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“We don’t have complexes with shops and amusement arcades and things like that – it’s not what we’re about.
“I know the larger operators will face a challenge because of that.”
Sean Power, Head of Operations, Lovat Parks said that they have been “delighted” by the amount of support and interest they have had for the parks.
He said: “We are delighted by the interest in, and support of our holiday parks, ever since the Government’s announcement that the sector could reopen on the 4th July.
“Summer tourism is vital to rural economies and British staycations are set to play a huge role in UK families’ holidays this year, as they look for fresh air and nature to provide a necessary respite from months of lockdown.
“We look forward to welcoming all our guests and holiday home owners over the coming weeks and beyond.”
Lovat Parks has also brought in an external health and safety expert from PDT Safety to undertake a full risk assessment on all the holiday parks.
They are also following social distancing guidelines with visible signs throughout their parks.
Teams are expected to wear face masks in receptions with only one person or family bubble allowed to enter at one time.