No early opening for camping and caravan sites, says Grant Shapps

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No early opening for camping and caravan sites, says Grant Shapps

Caravan and camping sites across the Uk won’t be open until at least July 4, a Government minister has confirmed.

The British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) has been campaigning for the early reopening of sites across the UK and had hoped that England may mirror Northern Ireland where sites will reopen on June 26, reports The Mirror.

But transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “The next review… or the next potential date for an unlock, if it’s possible, if the science allows, is July 4 onwards.

“So it won’t be weeks and weeks away.”

BH&HPA director-general Ros Pritchard said: “In England, we have a Government ‘ambition’ to open holiday and touring parks on 4 July.

“In Scotland we have an ‘indicative date’ of 15 July.

“Guidance on procedures is expected soon but we have no idea when opening dates will be confirmed to give us and our customers certainty.

“It’s worse in Wales where currently we have no prospect of opening at all.

“The Welsh First Minister has expressed his sympathy for our plight, but no more. Sympathy won’t keep the wolf from the door!”

The Caravan and Motorhome Club has released a list of its campsites that will be reopening on July 4.

The organisation, which has around 700,000 members, has been busy preparing its sites for when the Government gives the green light to reopen.

The club is planning a phased reopening starting with campsites in England and Scotland to ensure they are adapted to the new social distancing and safety requirements set out by the UK government.

They have also introduced strict new measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus and all campsites will be operating to COVID Secure guidelines.

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