Holiday parks are looming in people’s minds now the weather has started to warm up. With many Britons hesitant to travel abroad as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact other countries, more people are seeking staycations this summer. So when can you go on holiday in the UK?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced retailers in England will be able to open so long as they are COVID-secure from June 1.
He also said outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading from June 1.
All other non-essential retailers including shops selling clothes, books and electronics can follow suit from June 15.
Employers will face “spot checks” to make sure they are implementing social distancing and have been told they must undertake a risk assessment after consultation with trade unions and workers.
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The UK travel sector has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic with turnover down by around 56 percent since last year.
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) turnover in the travel industry fell from £2.6 billion in March 2019 to £1.2bn this year as lockdown took hold.
Millions of people would be looking to book after the crisis has passed, but many have expressed concerns about travelling abroad during the pandemic.
On June 23, the PM announced a raft of restrictions which would be eased from July 4.
In England, from July 4, museums, galleries and cinemas would reopen and the hospitality sector, with pubs, restaurants and hotels is allowed to start trading again from July 4.
After months of closure taking any kind of overnight trip, including a visit to a second home is now allowed from July 4.
Hotels, bed and breakfasts and holiday parks are now beginning to reopen.
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Hotels and other guest accommodation options have been advised to take additional measures to make reception areas safer with increased cleaning protocols in place throughout the day.
Hotels have been advised to encourage guests to use hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities upon arrival.
The duration of activities such as check-in should now be kept as short as possible, and keys should be cleaned in between guest use.
Queues may be used outside hotels to lower the risk of transmission.
Larger hotels may opt to stagger check-in and check-out times, or place markers on the floor to maintain social distancing.
Current Government guidance states that private rooms in all indoor accommodation with en-suite showering facilities, or one designated shower facility per guest room, will be able to reopen.
However the rules regarding a shared toilet and shower facilities have been changed.
Guests can only use the shower if it is assigned to one household or support bubble or run using a reservation and clean rota.
All spas and pools have to remain closed for now, and this includes those in hotels.
The biggest holiday park companies in the UK are Haven, Pontins, Haulfryn and Parkdean Resorts.
Haven has said it will remain closed until July 2, but from that time will be open, subject to Government guidance.
Pontins will remain closed until next year, whether or not lockdown restrictions are lifted in the coming weeks.
Haulfryn has not confirmed a date when it intends to reopen, but has said it will following the advice from the Government.
Parkdean Resorts will reopen from July 6, but has said this date is subject to Government restrictions.
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