Covid has had a very mixed effect on the caravan parks and campsites across the UK throughout 2020.
There were the closures during lockdown which saw many parks miss out on what are traditionally their strongest months, leaving some on the brink of ruin.
Then when parks and sites were allowed to reopen there was a surge in popularity as people were reluctant to travel abroad or unable to due to quarantines enforced upon return.
Many sites were full to capacity, albeit in some cases a reduced capacity due to social distancing requirements.
Now the government has implemented the ‘rule of six’ it’s a question of what impact that will now have on the industry.
The government’s new rules mean that a maximum of six people are only allowed in one social gathering in England (which includes children of all ages with no limit on the number of households). In Northern Ireland, the rule of six applies to indoors with a limit of two households. In Scotland, the rules differ again with children under 12 excluded from the rules but with a maximum of two households indoors and outdoors. Wales has excluded children under 11 from the rule which applies indoors but requires only members of the “exclusive extended household”.
It’s another calamity from the UK Government, in our opinion, a free for all that just maximises confusion.
It’s thought that many people are now cancelling their group holiday plans however, staycations in the camping, caravan and motorhome sector have maintained high booking numbers.
Nathan Fuller of Britishparks.com had this to say about the current situation “Adhering to the rule of six is still within most people’s travel plans. Whether camping, touring in a caravan or motorhome we see a majority of those bookings going ahead as the numbers seldom go to larger than six. Most sites across the UK are currently open and I would certainly suggest speaking to park managers ahead of your trip as we are actually seeing parks at capacity. One thing that is a common story across the UK at the moment is people just turning up at site without a booking and others booking at short notice. Please take time to plan your trip and contact the sites you intend to stay at to book a pitch. As sites are in some cases running at reduced capacity it will help you avoid disappointment should camps be full.”
Are you a park owner or manager feeling the impact of these most recent rules?
Let us know your thoughts.