Caravan parks plea to Boris Johnson to open on June 1 or fear shutting for good

Caravan parks across England are pleading with Boris Johnson to let them open on June 1 or they fear they won’t ever open again.

The hospitality industry such as hotels and resorts are due to open by July 4 if the government’s plans remain on track.

But park owners have been closed since March and have warned this is too late after missing out on income from the popular spring season.



BH&HPA director-general Ros Pritchard, has written to the Prime Minister asking why holiday parks would have to wait until July to reopen

The Welsh Governement’s easing of lockdown restrictions includes the opening of “accommodation businesses without shared facilities” at the same time as “non-essential retail”.

The British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) represent 2,000 parks in England.

BH&HPA director-general Ros Pritchard, has written to the Prime Minister asking why holiday parks would have to wait until July to reopen, possibly alongside pubs, when social distancing for those with a holiday home “will be identical to what they do at home”.



Park owners have been closed since March and have warned this is too late after missing out on income from the popular spring season

She says caravan parks are naturally social distancing “‘fresh air hotels” and added that a staggered approach to reopening would help.

Measures to ensure safety include looking at asking customers to leave the windows of their accommodation open on checkout to ensure ventilation before cleaners come in, and mowing the grass in a certain way as to show the required two-metre distancing, she said.

The letter explains, according to the Independent : “If the Welsh approach were applied in England, that would mean some of our customers could come and stay from 1 June, rather than from 4 July as is currently proposed. One size does not fit all.



The hospitality industry such as hotels and resorts are due to open by July 4 if the government’s plans remain on track

“For households which own their holiday caravan, the social-distancing requirements would be identical to those they already follow at their primary residence.”

“For holidaymakers who rent holiday caravans and other accommodation from us (without shared facilities), we have well developed social-distancing measures which would safeguard against the risk of infection.”

“We plead for the survival of our businesses and the communities they sustain.”

Ms Pritchard said seasonal tourism businesses are effectively looking at “three winters in a row”.

She said while businesses are “hanging in there”, some could start “going to the wall” in October without ongoing support.

She told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee: “We won’t be getting money coming back in again until next Easter.

“And that’s if there isn’t a second wave. So a lot of our asks, sorry to cut to the chase, have been about specific assistance for seasonal tourism businesses who earn their money between March and October.

“We’ve lost the 2020 season effectively. And we are going to need help to get through to next spring. So I think the winter is when we will see businesses fail without that support.”

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