Matt Hancock and Van-Tam provide update on holiday advice
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Many Britons may be turning their attention to staycations this summer with international travel restrictions continuing to change frequently. Already, holiday provider Park Holidays says they are “optimistic” holidays will “return in time for Easter.”
Meanwhile, experts from CoolCamping.com predict “demand will remain high into the summer of 2021.”
However, there has been not yet been any confirmation from the Government as to when staycations may be given the green light.
Holiday Parks across the country have set out some preliminary dates to reopen, though these are likely to change in line with any Government announcements.
What are the latest updates from some of the UK’s top holiday parks?
Butlins is currently closed due to the ongoing third national lockdown in the UK.
On February 9, the holiday park made the decision to further extend the closure of its parks.
Previously, Butlins had hoped to reopen from February 28.
Now, the park has extended its closure until March 14.
A statement on its website reads: “Due to the uncertainty around when we can reopen and how long it will take to get our resorts ready to welcome guests back, we’re sad to say we will be extending our closure to the 14th March.
“As always, we’ll be in touch via email, SMS or letter to discuss your options.”
Customers can find more information on the Butlins website.
Following the announcement of a third national lockdown in the UK, Centre Parcs made the decision to close all of its holiday resorts.
On February 3, the holiday provider further extended this closure.
It has set out a preliminary reopening date across all of its parks for March 7 at the earliest.
A statement from Centre Parcs explained: “Following recent indications from the Government that restrictions will continue into March we have made the decision to extend the closure of all our UK villages until at least 7th March 2021. Our priority continues to be the safety of guests and staff.
“We will continue to monitor government announcements closely and will be ready to welcome our guests back when the time is right and with all the appropriate measures in place.
“All guests impacted by the closure period will receive an email from us February 3 with instructions on how to cancel activities and restaurant reservations and how to reschedule with a discount to the value of £100 or cancel with a full refund.”
The extended closure is applicable to all resort locations including Sherwood Forest, Eleven Forest, Longleat Forest, Whinfell Forest and Woburn Forest.
Customers booked to stay beyond March 8 are advised to stay up-to-date with relevant Government guidelines, and to continually check the Centre Parcs website for further updates.
“Government COVID Alert/Tier levels may change and rules and advice are constantly under review,” explained a company spokesperson.
“Guests must check government information themselves to understand any changes or new rules prior to visiting Center Parcs, booking a new break or when considering a date change or cancellation of an existing booking.”
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Haven made the decision to close its holiday parks before the end of the 2020 season in Scotland, England and Wales in light of Government restrictions.
It has set out initial plans to reopen in March, though this will depend on what the Government rules are at that time.
“Our parks are now closed to holidaymakers for the season and will re-open in March,” Haven explained in a statement on its website.
“We will continue to provide updates in relation to how coronavirus may affect any 2021 breaks, however, we hope you understand that this will be dependant on the Government guidelines nearer the time of re-opening.”
Customers are advised to stay up-to-date with new information on the Haven website.
Hoseasons has closed all of its parks amid the ongoing lockdown restrictions.
Preliminary reopening dates vary for England, Scotland and Wales.
In England, parks are not anticipated to open before March 8.
In Wales, parks are likely to remain closed until February 19 at the earliest, and in Scotland until March 1 at the earliest.
“The whole of England remains under national lockdown which requires everyone to stay at home,” explains a statement on Hoseasons website.
“Holiday accommodation is not permitted to open in England.
“Therefore, if you have a booking in England and you are due to travel on or before 7 March 2021, we will contact you with your options, which will include the choice of a refund or a voucher of the amount paid for your booking.
“If you believe you are permitted to make use of your booking because you satisfy one of the legislated exceptions for which overnight stays at guest accommodation are still permitted, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“If you have a booking on or after 8 March 2021, rest assured that we will be in touch with the options available to you closer to the time.”
It continues: “Wales remains in Alert Level 4, under which holiday accommodation must close.
“If you live in Wales or have a booking in Wales on or before 19 February 2021, we have emailed you your options, which include the choice of a refund or a voucher of the amount paid for your booking.
“If you have a booking on or after 20 February 2021, rest assured that we will be in touch with the options available to you closer to the time.:
For Scottish stays, Hoseasons adds: “The Scottish mainland remains under Level 4 restrictions, under which holiday accommodation must close.
“We are contacting all customers that live in Scotland or have a booking in Scotland on or before 28 February 2021 with their options, which include the choice of a refund or a voucher of the amount paid for the booking.
“If you have a booking on or after 1 March 2021, rest assured that we will be in touch with the options available to you closer to the time.”
Parkdean Resorts remains closed due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions.
It has not yet released an initial reopening date.
Customers who are impacted by cancellations are being offered a holiday voucher towards a future booking. This booking can be made via the Parkdean website.
Customers also have the option to claim a refund for their holiday.
“Please be assured, that if your holiday becomes affected by any further government updates or advice, we will contact you,” it states.
Park Holidays has not yet announced an official reopening date, though a spokesperson told Express.co.uk they are still taking bookings for March 5 onwards.
The resort closed in November and December due to ongoing travel restrictions.
In a statement, Park Holidays said: “We will contact all lead guests impacted with your options, which will include a full refund or the chance to move your break to another date.”
Pontins updates its website on January 6 to announce it would be “delaying the reopening” of all of its holiday parks.
“As always the health and safety of our guests and staff will remain our main priority and these are the actions we, unfortunately, need to take,” reads a statement on the Pontins website.
“We are hopeful for better times and we look forward to welcoming you back to our Parks at the end of March 2021.
“Due to the high volume of enquiries and limited resources, we will be in touch with anyone affected as soon as we can so please bear with us.
“We would like to thank our guests for their continued support throughout these unprecedented times and we hope to see everyone again very soon!”
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