When will campsites and caravan parks reopen in the UK?

Campsites and caravan parks in England can open from 5 July, the government has announced.

Sites will have to meet strict new COVID guidelines to ensure the safety of both staff and customers, while guests will have to respect social distancing measures.

With the FCO still advising against all but essential foreign travel, many will be opting for a staycation in the UK this summer instead.

While there are different reopening dates for England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, all are expected to reopen campsites and caravan parks at some point this summer.

Here’s everything you need to know, including proposed reopening dates, and what to expect on your holiday.

England

Caravan parks and campsites in England will be allowed to reopen on 5 July – as long as sites can meet new COVID regulations.

Social distancing will be in place, and guests may be given set times to arrive on site to ensure crowds and queues do not build up.

Tents will be required to pitch at least two metres away from each other.

In caravan and holiday parks, some facilities will be shut. While restaurants and pubs can open from 5 July, close proximity venues – including swimming pools, soft-play areas, gyms and bowling alleys – must remain closed.

Hostels with shared bedrooms will also remain closed for now.

Northern Ireland

Campsites, caravan parks and self-contained tourist accommodation in Northern Ireland can open from 26 June.

Hotels, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, pubs and bars will be able to welcome customers back a week later, on 3 July.

Scotland

Scotland’s campsites and caravan parks are currently scheduled to reopen on 15 July, although this date could be reviewed.

Wales

Self-contained accommodation in Wales (such as static caravans with their own bathrooms) will be allowed to open on 13 July – subject to a final decision on 9 July.

Any accommodation that relies on shared facilities – be that toilets or shower blocks – will remain closed for now.

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