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When will campsites and holiday parks open again?


HOLIDAYS can go ahead in the UK from April 12, although this depends on the type of holiday and number of people.

Here is everything you need to know about them reopening for the year.

 Camping will come back on July 4 across England

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Camping will come back on July 4 across EnglandCredit: Getty – Contributor

When will campsites and holiday parks reopen?

Self-catered holiday parks will be able to reopen from April 12, but only one household can go on holiday together meaning no mixing of households.

Campsites have yet to be given a date as they are not self-contained meaning a higher risk of spreading the virus due to shared toilet and shower blocks – they are likely to reopen from May 17.

From May 17, two households can go on holiday together with no limit on people, or for more than two households but following the rule of six.

From June 21, there will be no restrictions on group sizes for holidays.

 Camping has been under scrutiny as it falls into a grey area between hospitality and being outdoors

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Camping has been under scrutiny as it falls into a grey area between hospitality and being outdoorsCredit: Alamy

What have UK holiday parks said about reopening?

Scotland and Wales have different rules to England, with the latest lockdown announcement from Boris Johnson affecting England.

Butlins

Butlins will be opening from May 17.

They said in a statement: “Following the government announcement yesterday on the roadmap out of lockdown, we’re excited to announce we plan to reopen our resorts on the 17th May.”

Center Parcs

Center Parcs will reopen from April 12, but with some restrictions still in place.

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They said: “Following the Government announcement on their roadmap for re-opening society over the coming weeks and months, we are planning to reopen our UK villages and welcome our guests back from April 12.
“We are planning for this date and working through the detail to understand exactly what this means for breaks from April 12 onwards.
“Please note that any plans are subject to Government giving the go ahead to move to this next step of their roadmap, which they intend to confirm by the April 5.
“For guests due to visit on breaks prior to April 12 we will make contact via email over the next few days with instructions on how to cancel activities and restaurants and how to reschedule or cancel.”

Haven

Haven are also reopening from April 12.

They said in a statement: “Following the Government announcement earlier this week with regards to the roadmap out of lockdown measures, we can confirm that our parks will remain closed in England until Monday 12 April.

“We are however, delighted that the roadmap has considered self-contained accommodation to reopen at Stage two and we look forward to welcoming many families to enjoy a coastal break that we pride ourselves on from the 12 April across our parks in England.”

Pontins

Pontins are reopening from May 17, with some restrictions.

They said: “”Follow the government’s recent announcement on the road map out of lockdown we are planning to reopen all our Parks from Monday 17th May 2021.

“We will keep making arrangements and working towards welcoming you back to our restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and our full Pontins Holiday experience.

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Here are the holiday parks latest coronavirus cover and insurance policies.

Will there be travel restrictions in place there?

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

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.
  • Social distancing between people and pitches.
  • There will be signs and floor markings as a reminder to keep two metres from other people.
  • Some attractions and events may not be running.





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