Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that from Saturday 4 July, people can now “enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites”. This is understood to include caravan parks and campsites – although all businesses need to adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.
The National Caravan Council (NCC) Director General, John Lally, commented: “This is great news for the 2+ million caravan owners and for the parks industry in England – and not a moment too soon.
“We have been working hard to explain to Government that caravan products are ‘socially distanced by design’ and that the parks industry across the UK can be safe places for people to holiday. Not only are caravans required to be 5m or 6m apart, but caravan parks are big open spaces, the ideal base for hard working families to enjoy the great outdoors.
“Parks already are working on safety protocols to keep their staff and visitors safe. So we are delighted that the great British caravan holiday can recommence in less than two weeks time!”
There are no safety issues with shared facilities or accommodation at caravan parks, as the units are self-contained and 95% are privately owned. The vast majority of caravans have their own cooking and washing facilities, providing the safest form of holidaying possible at the moment.
The National Caravan Council (NCC) has reported a huge spike in interest in tourers and motorhomes since dealerships re-opened on 1st June 2020. In a recent survey conducted by the NCC 70% of UK adults said they perceive a holiday caravan-based UK break as an acceptable activity post-lockdown. Motorhoming did even better, with 77%, indicating it as an appealing option.
British caravan and motorhome manufacturer, Swift Group, has reported significant increases in traffic to its website. Swift Group’s web traffic has increased over 40% since 10th May compared to the two weeks prior, with growth driven by a younger audience between 18 to 44 years old, whose visits to the site are up by nearly 50%.