New look caravan parks and campsites have ‘wildlife social distancing corridors’

Caravan parks and camping sites across the UK are introducing wildlife social distancing corridors to remind guests to keep 2 meters apart.

Holiday parks are preparing to open on July 4 by introducing a variety of safety measures.

And one new way of making sure guests adhere to the two metre rule is by using wildlife.

Ros Pritchard, director-general of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, said many owners are creating “wildlife corridors” to mark out distances.



Sites were forced to close in May due to the pandemic

This sees the grass grow a two-metre width between tent pitches.

Not only does this keep customers safe, it almost makes sites more attractive to wildlife, including hedgehogs.

She said: “You have to have this two metres of distance so we came up with the idea that you just leave two metres unmown because that gives the visual indication of space that some people can’t imagine.



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Now spaces will be marked out to ensure campers keep their distance

“We’ve already done wildlife corridors on the margins and through our parks so it’s just extending these to two metres.

“And these will mark out where you park or where you pitch your tent.

“It won’t necessarily be a whole corridor, it might just be a whole strip.”

Timed slots to check-in and appointments to clear out your chemical toilet are just a few of the other changes caravan parks have made to keep visitors safe.

Parks and campsites are hoping to reopen to guests from July 4, provided lockdown rules have been eased.

Ahead of arrival, guests at some parks might be asked to pay beforehand in order to minimise contact with staff.

And wherever possible, anything that “can be done outside, will be done outside,” says Ms Pritchard.

She added: “Some parks are erecting marquees and gazebos in front of their reception buildings, and customers may pay online and not even get out of their cars when they arrive to check-in.”



Visitors will be asked to crack a window before leaving in order to ventilate the space before customers arrive

And signs will prompt customers to keep their distance throughout the parks.

Some parks are set to introduce paper seals on their tents or vans in order to reassure customers that they have been cleaned before arrival.

Visitors will be asked to crack a window before leaving in order to ventilate the space before customers arrive.

Ms Pritchard said: “Before entering any facility, customers will be asked to use hand sanitiser or wash their hands.

“And before they check-out, they will be asked to leave the windows of their accommodation open so that it is fully ventilated before it is cleaned, using reinforced the cleaning regime.”



Customers may pay in advance before arriving at the campsite

Campsites and parks may also require guests to make appointments to empty their chemical toilets.

She added: “Social distance can be in space or in time so we might be looking at appointments because you could do with timed slots for people to empty their toilets out.

“But we’ll also be asking our customers to clean up properly after themselves as most of them already do.

“And we’ll have more cleaners on than we normally do but again before you approach, you’ll go past a hand sanitising station.



Queues for toilets may be longer due to social distancing rules

“Anyone who has been on a cruise is used to it because they’ve done it for years because of norovirus.”   

Owners of parks and campsites in Northern Ireland are set to reopen on June 26.

In England, owners are hoping to reopen on July 4, whilst the date in Scotland is set to be July 15.

But owners in Wales are said to be in chaos due to little information about when they can restart their businesses.

Ms Pritchard said: “It is only in Wales where the park owners are in despair with no indication of any date for reopening, not even the slightest ray of hope as to the future of their businesses.

“The Welsh First Minister has expressed his sympathy for their plight, but no more.

“Sympathy won’t keep the wolf from the door, neither will it address the bedlam they will face when England opens, and customers cross the border into Wales expecting to return to their caravans.

“This will place the park owner in breach of the law and at odds with their customers upon whose goodwill the survival of the business depends.”

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