National Caravan Council urges government to re-open holiday parks

Of special relevance to coastal towns like BUDE, here is some info on caravan park re-opening.  If you wish to comment, please do so on the website, not the Facebook page.

The National Caravan Council has released guidelines for caravan parks, of which BUDE has several, to coincide with the announcement that caravan and motorhome dealerships can reopen on 1 June.

The guidelines will ensure strict social distancing and hygiene protocols are in place for when visitors with holiday caravans, motorhomes and touring caravans can return to parks in places like BUDE.  The trade body, the NCC (National Caravan Council), now urges the government to enable parks to reopen as soon as possible.

In the meantime, motorhome and caravan dealerships across the country are preparing for reopening on Monday, after a surge in interest online in caravans and motorhomes.

An NCC survey from this week confirmed 93% of those surveyed intend to holiday or take a short break in the UK (BUDE will surely be popular) after the lockdown compared to 84% who booked/planned a UK holiday or short break beforehand. This demonstrates a substantial shift towards UK domestic tourism as an option for holidaymakers.

In the first months after lockdown, 70% of UK adults said they perceive a holiday caravan-based UK break as a socially acceptable activity.  Motorhoming did even better, with 77%, indicating it as an appealing option. These holiday types were regarded as much more acceptable than, say, a city break to a major European city. A Longwoods survey found that 82% of people travelling in 2020 made changes to their travel plans due to COVID-19.

The NCC is working with the government to allow the safe re-opening of caravan holiday parks and touring sites in England (including BUDE) as soon as possible. At present those offering holiday accommodation – such as hotels and resorts as well as caravan parks – may be permitted to open from 4 July.   The NCC is calling on the government to lift the closure notices on caravan parks across the UK so they can reopen as soon as possible, as it issues extremely robust safety guidelines.

The guidance outlines advice to enable caravan parks to develop their own COVID-19 safety protocol and give assurances that measures have been put in place to protect staff, customers and, as a consequence those in the nearby local community, so they can reopen. A phased opening of caravan parks has been proposed by the NCC to the government.

Unlike hotels, there are no safety issues with shared facilities or accommodation at caravan parks, as the units are self-contained and 95% are privately owned, thus providing a safe form of holiday accommodation. Caravans and motorhomes are ‘socially distanced by design’ and rules on parks mean that caravans must be 5 or 6 metres apart.  The vast majority of caravans have their own cooking and washing facilities, providing the safest form of holidaying possible at the moment.

I’m sure the people of BUDE will have a view.

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