Campers told to bring their own portable toilets for when campsites open

Camping and caravan sites are aiming to reopen next month – but there will be strict social distancing rules in place.

Owners across England are desperately hoping that the government will allow them to reopen their sites on July 4.

And for bored Brits stuck at home, a staycation offers the perfect opportunity to relax whilst feeling safe.

Hundreds of thousands of holidays abroad have been cancelled, with no clear sign yet exactly when international travel will restart.

And if camping is on your list for a holiday this year then as well as your tent and gas stove you may well find you’ll need to pack your own portable loo.



Caravan sites are aiming to reopen on July 4

The Camping and Caravanning Club has warned it could happen if sites can’t reopen their toilet and shower blocks.

Instead campers will also be able to pitch their own toilet tent on their allocated pitch.

In a statement on their website, a statement says: “At the current time we plan to open the majority of Club Sites, including as many as possible with toilet block facilities.



Campers may be asked to bring their own toilet

“Opening with toilet and shower facilities will only happen if we’re allowed to do so by the government.

“Some campsites however, will open without toilets and showers.

“In order to operate our sites in a responsible manner we will be increasing our cleaning regimes; where facility blocks are open there will be 2 deep cleans a day and 4 supplementary cleans.

“This places extra demand on our staff so we have had to look at campsites which are better suited to self-sufficient campers where facility blocks will not be open this season.”



Campsites hope to reopen their toilets next month

But campsite owners intend to open all toilet blocks and communal facilities if government legislation lets them.

In that case, people face queues as the number of people allowed in at once will be staggered.

And social distancing guidelines will have to be followed.

Camping and Caravanning Club director general Sabina Voysey said: “We’re well-placed to offer socially-distanced holidays and eager to work on trial schemes for how campsites may reopen with all necessary measures.

The signs look promising that holidays within the UK could return next month – if the spread of coronavirus is kept down.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said in May that staycations could be permitted this summer.

At a Downing Street press conference he said: “I would love to get the tourism sector up as quickly as we possibly can.

“We’ve set this very ambitious plan to try and get it up and running by the beginning of July,

“Clearly, we can only do it if it’s safe to do so because I think the worst thing for our tourism sector would be to start, then see the R rate rise out of control, see a second peak that overwhelms the NHS that we then have to slam on the brakes again.”

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