Caravan sites and holiday parks in Britain have seen a surge in popularity in recent years as the trend for staycations amid Brexit rose. Britons have been confined to their homes since March 23, but now new lockdown easing guidance has provided insight into when certain sectors of normal life will reopen. So when are caravan sites and holiday parks likely to reopen?
The Government announced holiday accommodation venues are permitted to reopen from July 4 provided they implement protective measures.
Hotels, B&Bs, caravan sites, campsites and other holiday accommodation must institute social distancing and increased cleaning.
People in England will be free to stay away from home overnight for the first time since lockdown began in March.
But shared facilities, in particular, must be cleaned thoroughly.
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Caravan parks across England begged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be permitted to open on June 1.
Many park owners are concerned they will be banned from opening at all this year meaning a huge loss of tourist income.
The director-general of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) Ros Pritchard has written to the Prime Minister asking that the 2,000 parks represented by the association are able to open next month, not July.
The Government’s plans outline the hospitality industry, including hotels and resorts, may begin to reopen from July 4.
However, park owners have warned this is far too late, having been closed since the middle of March and missing out on the important spring and early summer season.
What do individual caravan sites and holiday parks say?
Away resorts: All parks are opening from July 6.
The Camping and Caravanning Club: The majority of its sites in England are reopening on July 4.
Caravan Club: The company is planning to introduce a phased reopening of its sites network from July 4.
Flower of May: All parks are reopening on July 4 for holiday homeowners and seasonal tourists.
Haven: All sites in England are reopening on July 6.
Hoeseasons: New bookings for arrivals will be accepted from July 4 in England, July 13 in Wales and July 15 in Scotland.
Holidaylettings.co.uk: The company is reviewing its policy for travel after July 1.
John Fowler Holidays: All parks are shut until July 5.
Lyons Holiday Parks: All parks are closed with no date specified as of yet for reopening.
Parkdean Resorts: All parks in England are reopening from July 6.
Park Holidays: Bookings can be made from July 4.
Woolacombe Bay Holidays Parks: All the parks are closed until July 3 and the company is only accepting new bookings from July 17.