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Holiday parks push to keep campers safe amid booking boom as weekend heatwave sweeps UK

Holiday firm Verdant Leisure, which operates ten parks across the UK is just one UK site which has already seen a rapid influx in bookings, with this weekend set to be a busy one for its parks.

Sales for the season have near doubled compared with the same period last year, but Graham Hodgson, chief executive of the brand, says Britons need not worry as social distancing can still be achieved.

During the warmer weather, Mr Hodgson recommends visitors make the most of the outdoor spaces in and around parks.

“Our holiday parks are perfect locations for social distancing with self-contained and self-catered accommodation that is at least five metres apart,” he said.

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“We have been planning and prepping throughout lockdown to ensure the safety of guests, owners, staff and the wider local communities in the regions where we have our parks,” explained Mr Hodgson.

The measures put in place take into account the peak summer season when guest numbers are high.

In line with government guidance, there are four key areas that Verdant Leisure, like most UK campsites and holiday parks, is taking into account.

These include a new social distancing policy, heightened cleaning procedures, an overhaul of communal facilities and the operation of “self-sufficient” facilities such as onsite shops.

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In order to ensure overcrowding is not an issue, Mr Hodgson explains: “Park staff will manage the flow of customers in and out of parks with the implementation of one-way systems and separate, entrances and exits where possible.”

Furthermore, floor markings will be in place to remind holidaymakers of routes and guidelines.

Health and hygiene remain a top priority too.

“Specially trained cleaning staff will deep clean caravans between every new customer visit, with high touch points on park cleaned several times each day,” continues Mr Hodgson.

Hand sanitising stations have been set up across the park and new signage will remind guests to wash hands frequently.

Much like big-name holiday parks like Haven, Verdant Leisure will also be implementing times check-in slots for holidaymakers to reduce contact between guests and staff.

Furthermore, parks are working to make sure visitors have everything they need during their stay, reducing the requirement to visit outside amenities where possible.

“All shop tills on park will have perspex screens installed and clear signage encouraging contactless payments,” explained Mr Hodgson.

“Trollies and baskets will be disinfected regularly, and one-way-systems with floor markings will be used in all stores to encourage social distancing.”

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Though bookings are rising, the UK’s domestic tourism industry was hit hard due to forced closures in the early summer months.

Mr Hodgson says the approaching summer months are “make or break time for holiday parks and local economies that rely on tourism to survive.”

He concluded: “We’ve had tremendous support from the communities local to our parks, which we are very grateful for and we are confident that with our safety measures in place we can safeguard the wellbeing of our staff, guests, owners and the wider communities this summer.”

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