What to expect from a camping and caravanning holiday this summer
It is hoped that the Government will say campsites and holiday parks in the UK can reopen from early July. With holidays away from the UK looking highly unlikely over the next few months as Britain continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic a surge in staycation holidays is expected too. In fact, a survey by the NCC (National Caravan Council) confirmed that 93% of those surveyed intend to holiday or take a short break in the UK after the lockdown.
Camping is by its very nature an outdoor activity that allows for social distancing. Caravans and motorhomes are socially distanced by design and rules on campsites and parks mean that motorhomes and caravans must be up to six metres apart. The vast majority of units have their own cooking and washing facilities, providing the safest form of holidaying possible at the moment.
Despite easing of lockdown measures, you must continue to stay two metres away from people not in your household. There will therefore need to be a number of changes at campsites in order to comply with social distancing, and good hygiene practices will need to be implemented in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. That means that many campsites could be forced to open without access to the toilet and shower blocks, therefore people who have their own mobile homes, caravans and motorhomes may be welcomed back sooner than campers.
The Government is yet to release its detailed guidelines for campsites and holiday park owners but some of the social distancing measures you may find in place when campsites reopen include:
- A reduction in the amount of units allowed on site and additional spacing between pitches
- Contactless check in and payment processes
- Public places such as swimming pools, play areas, games rooms and indoor sports facilities will remain closed
- Shower and toilet blocks closed, or where they are open there will be more cleaning periods throughout the day and the number of people entering the facilities at any one time may be restricted
- Bars and cafes will remain closed or operate a takeaway service only
- Open spaces such as sports fields and dog exercise areas will be open but with social distancing required
- Site shops may be open but with social distancing measures in place and contactless payment preferred
- There will be signs and floor markings as a reminder to keep two metres from other people outside of your household
- Guests staying on site will not be allowed any day visitors
With campsites across the country keen to reopen asap and welcome guests, many are offering 'booking promises'. This means that guests can book a 2020 holiday now but with the reassurance that should campsites not be allowed to reopen as planned, or there being further disruption due to Cornavirus, then they can get their money back or rearrange the booking for a later date.
Important info: It is anticipated that campsites will be allowed to open from July 4, but it will be up to each independent campsite as to when they choose to open after that date, so check with the campsites directly. At the time of writing this article the final decision and guidance on how sites can safely open and operate has not yet been announced. The dates and guidelines may also be different in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Site pictured: Old Oaks Touring, Glamping & Camping, Somerset