UK campsites STILL don't know if they can open safely next month and beg government for new guidelines

CAMPSITES across the UK still don't know how to reopen safely next month due to a lack of government guidelines.

The hospitality industry hopes to resume holidays from July 4, which includes campsites and caravan parks.

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However, while there is guidance on how caravan parks will be able re-open, there is little in regard to the 6,000 campsites across the UK.

Martin Smith, who owns, warned that they have not been told what measures will need to be followed, such as closed communal bathrooms and entertainment areas.

Many campsites fear that if they cannot open safely, then they won't be able to open at all for campers.

Mr Smith explained: "Campsite owners don’t know if shower facilities are safe to open and what provisions they must put in place to protect their customers.

"They need clear and definitive Government advice to open safely this summer."

“Much of the information that has come out is geared towards sites that provide caravan accommodation that is self contained.

"But the situation for tents and glamping, where shared facilities are essential, is much less clear."

He added: "Campsite owners tell us that they may need to close their tent pitches and focus solely on touring which, for many, will make a bad year even worse."

Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay are just one the campsites closing their toilet and shower facilities, meaning camping won't be able to go ahead, and only caravans with their own facilities will be able to stay.

Some suggestions of changes being put forward which could be enforced by the government include fewer pitches, masks needing to be worn, and scheduled time slots for checking in, as well as longer minimum stays and restrictions on check-out days.

[Campsites] need clear and definitive Government advice to open safely this summer

Caravan parks have been laying out guidelines for reopening – Haven has announced that self-catered accommodation will open but entertainment and activities will not take place.

Mr Smith added: “Visit Britain has talked about introducing a Kitemark to help accommodation owners prove they are adhering to the highest COVID-19 safety standards.

"That sort of advice is needed urgently if campsites are to have time to put the recommendations in place for the start of summer.”

He added to Sun Online Travel: "Having such a short season, if campsites aren't able to open this summer – or if July and August weather is unkind – then the industry will require a lot of financial support to survive through the winter months."

Andrew Baragwanath, chairman of the British Holiday and Home Parks Association, is also calling for lockdown rules to change, so that accommodation that does not rely on shared facilities — including static caravan holiday homes, motor homes, touring caravans and self-catering cottages — can open this month.

Mr Baragwanath, who also owns Ayr Holiday Park in St Ives, Cornwall, said: “We are usually open 365 days of the year.

“It’s the first time I’ve closed the park in my 30 years in charge."


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