11 ways caravan parks and campsites will look different this summer

Timed arrivals, drive through check-ins and protective screens at washing up stations are just a few of the changes people should expect at camping and caravan sites this summer. 

New guidance shows how holidays may have to be staggered in order to to avoid bottlenecks.

Pitches will need to be spread apart and parents will have to ensure their children follow social distancing at the play areas.



Parks in England will reopen on July 4

Holidaymakers may have to bring their own bed linen and visitors will be asked to leave a window open when they leave to help air the caravan.

A lot of the restrictions are to comply with the requirement that people keep their distance.

Owners have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure visitors feel safe whilst enjoying a holiday.

Guidance from the British Holiday & Home Parks Association reveals how parks have adapted to the “new normal.”

Here are 11 key ways your experience will be different.




1. Check-in

You could be asked to arrive later in order to ensure that accommodation can be cleaned effectively.

Or you might be given a specific time to arrive in order to avoid queues building up.

Keys will be sanitised and placed in a disposable bag before you arrive.

Anything that can be done outside will be so you might check in from your car or at a gazebo.

If you do have to visit a reception or office, check-in will be shortened and staff might be behind screens.

The site might ask you to pay before you arrive as cash is unlikely to be accepted.

The guidance also notes that holidays could be staggered to avoid bottlenecks.

 An information pack with all the rules will be sent to customers prior to arrival.

2. One-way systems



Visitors will have to follow one-way systems at busy parts of the park

The busiest and narrowest parts of the parks will be one-way in order to ensure that people can keep their distance.

Some paths might be widened whilst others will have markings to help people stay safe.

Signs will be placed at pinch points in order to remind people of the rules.

3. Housekeeping



Soft furnishings will be removed from caravans

Everything in the inventory will be cleaned before and after each stay.

This means non-essential soft furnishings are likely to be removed – such as cushions and rugs.

Guests might be asked to bring their own bed linen and towels.

4. Pitches



Markings will help visitors keep their distance

Sites will be clearly marked out to ensure there is adequate space between accommodation and to ensure social distancing.

This could see ‘wildlife corridors’ introduced to ensure guests can clearly see where they can walk.

This sees the grass grow a two-metre width between tent or van pitches.

5. Shops

The number of people in any on site shops will be limited and baskets or trolley handles will be sanitised.

It’s likely that people will have to wear masks to enter.

You might not be able to make payments in cash and use hand sanitiser before entering the store.

In some cases, people may be able to order what they need in advance so you don’t have to spend a long time in the shop.

6. Communal facilities



Windows will be left open in shared bathrooms to increase ventilation

There were fears that sites with shared facilities may not be able to reopen – but Downing Street has confirmed that they can.

But there will be new measures in place to ensure people stay safe, with staff being asked to monitor queues.

Households might be asked to use the same block for washing and showering throughout their stay.

And you may have to book a specific time to shower.

Hand sanitiser stations will be set up outsides buildings and screens might be installed to keep people separate in washing up areas.

You might have to queue as capacity will be limited and will need to use disposable hand drying towels to turn off taps and dry hands.

All windows will be kept open to help with ventilation.

In some cases, indoor facilities such as communal kitchens might still be closed. 

7. Children play areas



Parents will have to monitor children in play areas

It’s not going to be practical to clean outdoor play areas but they are exposed to elements which kill the virus.

Hand sanitiser stations will be installed at child friendly height.

Parents will have to supervise their children in order to ensure they observe social distancing and keep their hands sanitised.

Children will not be allowed to play on their own in parks and if they are already busy, children will have to wait for someone to leave.

8. Restaurants



Restaurants will run at a lower capacity

Capacity will be limited and physical barriers may be set up between tables.

Customers will be encouraged to use outdoor seating where possible and hand sanitiser stations will be installed at the entrances.

Menus must be wiped down or disposed of after each use and guests must stay at the table.

Cutlery will brought to the table and communal sauce bottles have been axed, in favour of individual packets.

Self-service buffets are highly unlikely and payments will be made via contactless as much as possible.

9. Bars



Bars on campsites will have limited capacity

There will be no propping up the bar as people will need to stay at their table.

People might be asked to step back from the bar once they’ve ordered until their drinks are ready.

10. Supplies

Owners may suggest customers bring their own soap, hand gel, gloves, toilet roll, disinfectant and hand sanitiser for the holiday.

And it might be easier to bring your own food and drink to avoid congestion in local shops.

11. Departure



People will have to ventilate their caravan when they leave

 

Things will look a little different when you leave as you’ll have to remember to leave your window on the latch (unless its raining) and confirm with the park you’ve done so.

This will help the space be ventilated before cleaning staff enter the space to sanitise it for the next guests.

Sheets, pillowcases and towels will have to be bagged.

With international travel still restricted to essential journeys, millions of UK residents are expected to book “staycations” in their own country this summer.

Self-catering holiday accommodation in Northern Ireland will open again on Friday, and hotels will follow on July 3.

A decision will be taken in Wales on July 9, with the Scottish Government reviewing its own lockdown restrictions on the same day.

According to VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, figures show that £19.3 billion was spent by British residents on 97.4 million overnight trips in England in 2018, with £53 billion spent on 1.4 billion domestic tourism day trips.

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