The coronavirus pandemic has brought entire industries to a grinding halt, with one of the worst-hit being the holiday industry. Foreign holidays are all but a thing of the past while the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all travel to any other country.
So it’s hardly surprising that people across the UK are wondering whether they’ll be able to swap out a holiday abroad for one at a campsite or caravan park.
Deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said it is a “biological truism” that being outdoors is safer than being in an enclosed space with people potentially carrying the virus.
Speaking on This Morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock when asked whether “summer was cancelled”, he replied: “I think that’s likely to be the case.”
Professor Van-Tam promised to give “careful thought” to what steps would be needed to allow such sites to open again
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He said: “It is absolutely a biological truism that outdoor environments are much less risk than indoor environments.”
“Of course that will need some careful thinking about because sharing a tent is a small enclosed space or can be a small enclosed space with generally poor conditions of ventilation and I guess it depends who you are sharing it with.
“It is the same for a caravan, so it is not as straightforward as it might sound – indoors vs outdoors, hotels vs campsites, it is a little more complex than that.”
When will Haven reopen?
Haven Holidays have 40 parks throughout England, Wales and Scotland, all of which are on a coast.
Haven parks will remain closed until July 2, according to its website.
In a statement, the popular holiday provider said it had chosen to extend the closures in line with Government advice.
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It reads: “At Haven, we pride ourselves on providing millions of families with holidays on the Great British coast each year.
“Sadly, this year we have only been able to welcome a fraction of these to our parks due to the serious coronavirus situation.
“The coronavirus continues to affect the lives of each and every one of us – from our guests to our owners to our teams.
“As we continue to follow the direction provided by the Government it is now clear we will be unable to offer the usual Haven experience for a longer period of time, and so we have taken the decision to temporarily extend the closure of all our parks.
“This, we’re sure you understand is totally beyond our control and we are really sorry for the disappointment caused to anyone who was looking forward to their coastal break.
“We will be back up and running as soon as we are able and look forward to welcoming everyone back to enjoy a Haven holiday. “
This is the company’s fourth opening postponement.
The statement continues: “We are contacting everyone who has booked an appointment during this period and would like to thank you for your patience whilst we work through this as quickly as we can.
“We would like to apologise to everyone for this disruption and thank our teams for their continued support.”
The company has been contacting anyone with a holiday booked about their options, offering them either a full refund, or a credit towards a holiday later in 2020 or for 2021, with a £50 food and beverage voucher for their chosen park thrown in.
The company is also closed for holiday home ownership sales appointments until July 2.
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