Campsites set to reopen on July 4 – but showers and toilets could remain shut

Campsites hope to reopen next month but access to toilets and showers maybe blocked to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Camping and Caravanning Club is hoping to reopen sites in England from July 4, as part of the Government’s phase 3 lockdown easing plans, according to a statement on its website.

All of the club’s camping and temporary holiday sites have been closed since March 22 but it claims demand is increasing and it is now taking bookings.

But everything is reliant on the green light from the Government, with guidance from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland being monitored.

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A Camping and Caravanning Club site at Windermere

 

However, the pandemic will mean a number of changes to the usual camping experience, including the potential closure of wash facilities – with campers being advised to use their own where possible.

“At the current time we plan to open the majority of Club Sites, including as many as possible with toilet block facilities,” the statement says.

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



Many Brits are said to be planning staycations this year

“Some campsites however, will open without toilets and showers.  Campers will also be able to pitch their own toilet tent on their allocated pitch.”

Meanwhile, receptions, shops, laundries and play areas will remain closed – and Ready Camp Safari Tents, pods and self-catering units will not be in use at all this season.

Other restrictions include contactless check-in without leaving the car, a reduction in bookings to allow for social distancing between pitches, as well as signs and floor markings.

Facility blocks will also have two deep cleans and four supplementary cleans a day, while campers will not be able to have day visitors.

Jon Boston, spokesperson for the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA)  told Sun Online Travel  that parks could open in “phases”.

He said that while communal areas remain closed, caravan parks can reopen due to the self-contained nature of the facilities.

He said: “There is no definite date, but we hope for July.”

It comes as many holidaymakers are planning ‘staycations’ this year because they see foreign trips as “too risky” and want to splash out in 2021, according to a travel firm.

Kuoni has reported a “clear upturn” in demand for holidays next year, with more than half of customers heading to the white sand beaches of the Maldives.

Chief executive Derek Jones said: “Whilst there is still so much uncertainty around plans to open borders, the 14-day quarantine and social distancing, people are telling us that they’d rather plan ahead for next year and save to make the trip an extra special one, upgrading what they’d normally do.

“It’s clear from the conversations we’re having with customers and booking patterns that many people will opt to stay closer to home within the UK this year, as they see overseas travel in the near future as being too risky.”

UK campsites are therefore experiencing a surge in bookings, while Auto Trader recently said interest in online adverts for caravans was up nearly a fifth compared with the same time last year.

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