As we enter the height of summer and holiday season approaches, the desire to get away has kicked in. But with the pandemic going on around us, where does that leave camping season? The answer – we’re nearly there!!
With the news of campsites due to open in coming weeks, summer 2020 could be back on! So it’s time to get your tents ready, your gear packed, and start planning a good old British getaway in one of the UK’s campsites.
We’ve put together some useful information regarding the reopening of campsites, what to expect and how social distancing will work onsite. This is what we know for now, but don’t forget, things could change. We advise you to ring your local tourist board before booking any holiday.
The government have allowed campsites to open from Saturday 4th July in England and from the 15th July in Scotland. It’s looking likely that many sites are aiming for these dates. Some positive news at last and hopefully something to look forward to!
Many campsites have shared toilets and showers and it is areas like these that create further uncertainty. The government have not placed any restrictions on sites with shared facilities, so long as they are clean and ‘covid secure.’
Additional cleaning regimes will be put in place to assure safety. This includes more frequent deep cleaning, staggered visiting times and a limited capacity of people entering the toilets and showers.
Another question which everyone will be wondering is whether the onsite entertainment will be available. This includes swimming pools, bars, restaurants, play areas and so on. As part of the government’s plan to ease lockdown, bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen from the 4th July, depending on the wider situation at the time. So, this should mean that some bars and restaurants on campsites will follow suit.
As for swimming pools and play areas, it is unclear at the moment on whether or not these will be opening. If you have any doubts we’d recommend you call the campsite and ask for a clearer idea of the onsite situation.
Social distancing is still in place and, in many ways, camping life fits in with this pretty easily. Sleeping in your own tent is naturally distancing from other guests, and evidence suggests that the virus travels far less efficiently in the open air, meaning that as long as you keep your 2-metre distance, the risk of infection is low.
Many sites will be limiting the capacity of visitors on sites, and spreading pitches will up to 10 metres apart.
Like in many shops currently, camping sites will have floor markings and signs to politely remind guests to stay two metres apart from others. Many sites have also said they will introduce contactless check ins.
Yes, you can! Many campsites are allowing bookings to be made, and a lot of camping holidays have been booked for July and August. Of course, it’s worth noting that rules could change and opening dates could be moved, so it’s best to check with the site that cancellation or the booking transfers can be offered before going ahead.
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