Caravan and camping holidays are set to be back for business next month. A new opening date was revealed today for UK breaks. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford today announced that Wales will be reopening to tourists from July 6, if scientific guidance allows.
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This means that Britons can head to Wales to make the most of holidays there.
They will have to stay in “self-contained” accommodation such as second homes, holiday cottages, caravans, motorhomes and some hotels if they’re open.
Drakeford added that tourism businesses will be allowed to start taking bookings from July 13.
The news follows the reopening dates for other areas of the UK.
Britons can enjoy holidays in Northern Ireland from June 26.
Caravan parks, camping sites and self-catering properties can now open next Friday, with visitors allowed to stay overnight.
What’s more, from July 3, visitor attractions will be able to reopen.
Pubs (with table service only), restaurants, hotels, hostels and B&Bs can also open their doors from this date.
However, spa facilities at hotels will remain shut.
As for Ireland, the country’s roadmap details that tourism is set to relaunch on July 20.
Irish islands, however, will only reopen on August 10, according to the plan.
Meanwhile, holidays in Scotland are anticipated to be possible from July 15.
So what about England? It’s hoped that domestic holidays will be able to kick into gear from July 4, although this has not been definitively confirmed.
Many English hotels have said they will open on that date as have a number of visitor attractions.
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However, those in the tourism industry are frustrated that the government has not provided more clarity on a reopening date for England.
National Caravan Council (NCC) Director General, John Lally, said in a statement today: “This dithering is presenting unnecessary additional risks for the sector.
“The Government needs to provide certainty so the English caravan park sector can get back to what it does best – grow local economies, and support jobs and wellbeing, by providing opportunities for people to benefit from the outdoors.
“For over two months, we have been arguing it is totally inappropriate for the government to link caravan parks with hotels, hostels and B&Bs.
He added: “It is illogical that the two million people who own caravans and motorhomes are denied the opportunity to stay overnight in their safe self-contained accommodation.
“Caravans, motorhomes and lodges are socially distanced by design!”
The NCC is working with other trader bodies, parks and government bodies to create best practice guidance to be implemented across the UK.
Robust safety protocols will include the closure of facilities on the parks and rigorous cleaning as well as contactless arrivals to the sites.
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