It's the news we've all been waiting for
An official update of the Health Protection Regulations from Public Health England supplied via the National Caravan Council sets out the timetable for easing restrictions and identifies the steps on how we will gradually move out of lockdown.
For those of us chomping at the bit to get out and enjoy the great outdoors after months and months of lockdown the news is gladly received. The government's document states that...
In Step 2
As part of the roadmap of easing lockdown, no earlier than 12th April 2021, holiday accommodation that may be provided is confirmed as:
A campsite, provided that the only shared facilities used by guests at the campsite are washing facilities, toilets, water points and waste disposal points, or in separate and self-contained premises.
Premises are separate and self-contained only if they are provided for persons who are:
• Members of the same household or
• Members of two households which are linked households in relation to each other.
It is also confirmed a reception area is “not to be treated as a shared facility”.
The NCC understands this to mean that, when Step 2 applies, in addition to stand-alone accommodation (e.g. holiday, lodges etc), holiday/touring parks and campsites may reopen their receptions, wash blocks, water and waste points for use by single households/support bubbles.
Holiday Park / Campsite Owners will need to consider carefully the practicalities for reopening these shared facilities.
Please note: At present Step 2 is expected to apply across England from 12th April but local circumstances could affect that.
The team here at JK feel that this is great news, however, whilst some campsites will reopen, they are likely to open without communal areas like toilet blocks and showers.
You should expect shared facilities to be closed from April 12th and you should prepare yourself to be completely self-sufficient to enable facility free camping.
You can check out our range of camping equipment and essentials to ensure you are self-sufficient and covid safe.
Updates via the Devolved Governments :
VisitScotland has launched a responsible tourism campaign #RespectProtectEnjoy, and has included advice for the tourism sector on its website. The NCC is encouraging the sharing Visit Scotland’s film on responsible motorhome/campervan trips.
In the meantime, the timetable for reopening remains as follows:
- From 2 April the ‘Stay at Home’ requirement will be lifted and replaced with a ‘Stay Local’ message.
- On 26 April, tourist accommodation will be allowed to reopen including self-catering accommodation (in line with rules on indoor gatherings).
For more information click here.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has said self-contained accommodation would be allowed to reopen from 27 March, as long as cases remained low. However, the rule in England is that you must stay local even after 29 March (‘minimised travel and no overnight stays/holidays’). After 12 April, the English can holiday in self-contained accommodation.
Meanwhile, Wales has published an outline tourism recovery plan – you can read more details here.
Reopening date remains unconfirmed