Brits were ordered to stay at home and not to visit second homes, campsites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays.
When will caravan sites reopen?
Despite there being some easing of lockdown measures from Wednesday, May 13, Matt Hancock has said it summer holidays are “likely” to be canceled.
Changes in restrictions laid out so far do not impact caravan sites.
While people can travel from their home for exercise, you are currently not allowed to stay somewhere other than your own home.
Mr Hancock said: “This isn’t for people to move house or to go on holiday or to be able to stay.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out a three-step plan for reopening the country – but holidays are not mentioned in the 50-page document.
However, it is hoped the final stage of the initial plans will begin in July – so there could be more clarity for caravan fans after then.
Meanwhile, here is what the caravan parks, holiday clubs and camping sites say:
The Camping and Caravanning Club released a new statement on May 13 saying they will be closed until at least July.
Haven has extended the closure all of its sites until at least July 2 in an announcement on May 12.
Center Parcs is also closed until June 11 at the very earliest, and it said “we know the closure period may well extend further”.
The Caravan Club has said it opens to begin a phased reopening in July.
Parkdean Resorts has also extended the closure of parks to holidaymakers and owners until at May 31.
Hoseasons announced it is now only accepted new bookings for dates after June 30.
Park Holidays is only taking bookings online for holidays beginning in July.
Company Holidaylettings.co.uk is reviewing its policy for travel after July 1, based on what will happen during what it calls “this unpredictable situation”.
Away Resorts has temporarily closed all parks “for the foreseeable future” and isn’t accepting any new bookings until after July 3.
John Fowler Holidays has shut all parks until May 28, and are offering refunds or rescheduled holidays.
Lyons Holiday Parks has cancelled all holidays up to May 28 and are currently offering 2021 holidays at 2020 prices.
How will social distancing work?
This is unclear – there’s no real government advice on this yet with regards to holidays.
However, in larger resorts, it may be that customers can easily keep their distancing from one another.
In other industries, it’s been suggested there could be caps on the number of people allowed to use a particular site at any one time.
Ministers are due to unveil new “Covid-19 Secure” guidelines for businesses before May 17.
It is expected this will lay out clearly restrictions on numbers of customers and staff.
Britain also now has a new Covid Alert System – a five tier warning level that dictates how many restrictions should be adhered to by the public.
This rises and falls relative to the spread of the virus, with the PM saying we are currently in Level 4 and heading for Level 3.
Despite easing of lockdown measures on May 13, the government insists you must continue to always stay two metres away from people not in your household.
Can I claim a refund on a booked break?
Some of the big companies, such as Haven, are offering one of three options – a full refund, vouchers that can be used for a later holiday, or that customers simply re-book later in the year.
Parkdean is offering a voucher, with an additional 20 per cent incentive, or a refund.
Hoseasons is offering e-vouchers, and bosses say they’d encourage customers to shift holidays to a later date.
Lawyers from company IBB Law say each park owner will have an individual contract with a holidaymaker.
This will feature terms and conditions which apply to bookings, and can be checked for cancellation rights.
Some sites may have a term which means that they are not liable for any failure to perform their part of the contract if this is caused by unforeseen circumstances outside their control.
It is likely that the forced closure of the park due to coronavirus would be considered such an event.
However, most holiday bookings are likely to be covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which prevents the park from failing to offer the service bought by the customer.
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