UK holiday hotspots are preparing themselves for a rise in holidaymakers this summer as soon as lockdown restrictions are eased.
Restless Brits desperate to stretch their legs and leave their homes are expected to flock in droves to Cornwall.
But with social distancing measures set to stay for a while, businesses are working hard to adapt to the new ‘normal’ in a desperate bid to stay afloat.
So whilst you should soon be able to enjoy a holiday that isn’t just a fantasy, you should prepare for your next seaside holiday to be very different.
It hasn’t been announced definitively when hotels and holiday homes can open their doors again – but many are prepping for July 4.
When we do get the green light, holidaymakers can expect to spend a lot more time forward planning
Visit Cornwall boss Malcolm Bell told Sun Online Travel : “A holiday in Cornwall this year will be a very different experience because of social distancing.
“The bulk of popular attractions will be doing timed ticketing and all restaurants will be doing reservations.
“We need to also avoid people turning up and queuing at places, so for takeaway food like fish and chips, people will need to order their food online and then wait to be told when to collect it.”
The tourism chief said the county is looking to model itself on Center Parcs – where you book your meals out ahead of time.
Campsites and holiday parks will have limited capacity in order to comply with social distancing rules – meaning you will have to book in advance and can’t just travel to Cornwall on a whim.
And your days out will be dependent on weather with most indoor attractions either closed or limiting entry.
But if you’re hardy and wear the proper gear, you will enjoy some stunning views on long walks where you’re guaranteed to meet few people.
Sadly children’s soft play areas are likely to remain shut – with hygiene measures questionable at many – whilst cinemas will also have a limited capacity.
And travellers should pack their own puzzles or Monopoly board – as holiday homes are unlikely to offer one due to the risk of the virus spreading.
And on sizzling summer days, visitors should avoid busy places due to the risk of overcrowding.
Mr Bell added: “Be prepared to have to be part of the police if you turn up to somewhere busy.
“When it comes to beaches, we are lucky as we have more than 300 so plenty of choice.