When will campsites reopen in the UK? – The Sun

THE coronavirus pandemic has meant those who love pitching up their tent and exploring the outdoors have been unable to do so, with campsites being closed.

As lockdown gradually eases, here is what we know about when campsites may reopen in the UK.

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When will campsites and holiday parks reopen?

In a nutshell, it's not yet known when campsites will open in the UK.

The earliest it may be in England is July 4.

There are social distancing concerns around campsites' reliance on communal areas and bathrooms, which means they are unlikely to open any time soon.
Caravan sites, however, are self-contained, making it much easier to social distance and there has been scientific debate over how much of a threat the virus poses in a mostly outdoor environment like a campsite.

What have UK holiday parks said about reopening?

Scotland and Wales have different rules to England, so please check your specific site with the links below as the situation could change at any minute.

This is the situation with most UK holiday resorts for the time being:

Away resorts: Opening July 6.

Butlins: All parks are closed until July 16. If you've booked for before then you can get your money back here.

The Caravan and Motorhome Club: All sites are to reopen in England from July 4 as part of phase three, Scotland is expected to start reopening July 15 and Welsh sites are subject to permission, so please check here.

The Camping and Caravanning Club: The company is opening the majority of its English sites on July 4.

The organisation will not be operating any of their glamping-style Ready Camp Safari Tents, Pods or Self-Catering units this season.

Centre Parcs: Center Parcs villages are remaining closed until July 12 while Longford Forest is closed until July 19.

Flower of May: All parks are closed until "early July" when some of their larger parks will reopen, but details are still to be announced.

Haven: All sites are closed until July 6.

Hoeseasons: Accepting bookings from July 4 in England, July 10 in Wales and July 15 in Scotland. Customers who booked before July 4 are being contacted.

Holidaylettings.co.uk: The company is allowing free cancellations for bookings starting on or before July 31. They have not said when they are reopening.

John Fowler Holidays: Has shut all parks until July 5, and are offering refunds or rescheduled holidays.

Lyons Holiday Parks: Has cancelled all holidays up to June 19 and are currently offering 2021 holidays at 2020 prices.

Parkdean Resorts: All of Parkdean's 67 parks are remaining closed until July 5, but may be able to open after this.

Park Holidays:  New bookings will only be taken with an arrival date on or after 4th July.

Pontins holiday parks: will reopen from July 6 after shutting because of coronavirus.

Woolacombe Bay Holidays Parks: Closed until July 4, subject to change.

How will social distancing work at campsites?

Despite easing of lockdown measures, the government insists you must continue to always stay two metres away from people not in your household.

There will be a number of changes when campsites do open, in order to comply with social distancing and good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

That means that many campsites could be forced to open without access to the toilet and shower blocks.

Other changes to the sites include:

  • Contactless check in – the balance of any money due for your stay will be taken automatically from your account on the morning of your arrival.
  • Sensible social distancing – pitches have six-metre spacing
  • There will be signs and floor markings as a reminder to keep two metres from other people
  • Where shower and toilet blocks are open there will be two deep cleans and four supplementary cleans a day.
  • Campers will not be able to have any day visitors to their pitches
  • Washing-up areas will remain open but communal areas such as receptions, shops, laundries and play areas will remain closed


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