Caravan parks and campsites won’t be reopening before July 4, despite mounting calls to do so earlier.
The British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) represent 2,000 parks in England and have been campaigning for the early reopening of sites across the UK.
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 the July 4 date is too late after missing out on income from the popular spring season
The BH&HPA had hoped that England may mirror Northern Ireland who yesterday announced that their caravan parks and campsites would reopen on June 26.
However, the Government insists they will not be opened before July 4.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was pressed on reviews of restrictions on the hospitality industry, on Radio 4’s Today programme.
He said: “It won’t be weeks and weeks away.
“We know that the next review… or the next potential date for an unlock, if it’s possible, if the science allows, is July 4 onwards.
“So it won’t be weeks and weeks away.”
BH&HPA director-general Ros Pritchard said: “In England, we have a Government ‘ambition’ to open holiday and touring parks on 4 July.
“In Scotland we have an ‘indicative date’ of 15 July.
“Guidance on procedures is expected soon but we have no idea when opening dates will be confirmed to give us and our customers certainty.
“It’s worse in Wales where currently we have no prospect of opening at all.
“The Welsh First Minister has expressed his sympathy for our plight, but no more. Sympathy won’t keep the wolf from the door!”
The Caravan and Motorhome Club has released a list of its campsites that will be reopening on July 4.
The organisation, which has around 700,000 members, has been busy preparing its sites for when the Government gives the green light to reopen.
The club is planning a phased reopening starting with campsites in England and Scotland to ensure they are adapted to the new social distancing and safety requirements set out by the UK government.
They have also introduced strict new measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus and all campsites will be operating to COVID Secure guidelines.