Camping and caravan enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the return of UK holidays after the entire industry was closed due to coronavirus. Speculation is mounting today that the Government is set to announce new measures which will allow the UK tourism industry to restart within weeks – but campers may be left disappointed.
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Boris Johnson will announce a relaxation of the rule which bans Britons from making overnight stays outside of the home, and the two metre social distancing rules, the Mail on Sunday reports.
However, while this means hotels and bed and breakfasts can reopen, those with shared facilities will have to wait a while longer.
This means campsites, with their shared toilets and showers, won’t reopen with the rest of the tourism industry.
Johnson is thought to be setting a date of July 4 2020 for the new measures.
Patricia Yates, chief executive of Visit Britain said a July reopening was “crucial”, but would still see many British tourism destinations struggle.
Visit Britain has estimated the tourism industry will suffer a £42billion loss of income in 2020 thanks to the pandemic.
While Boris Johnson has yet to make a formal announcement on relaxation of measures, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Friday that Wales will be reopening to tourists from July 6, if scientific guidance allows.
This means that Britons can head to Wales to make the most of holidays there.
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They will have to stay in “self-contained” accommodation such as second homes, holiday cottages, caravans, motorhomes and some hotels if they’re open.
Drakeford added that tourism businesses will be allowed to start taking bookings from July 13.
The news follows the reopening dates for other areas of the UK.
Britons can enjoy holidays in Northern Ireland from June 26.
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Caravan parks, camping sites and self-catering properties can now open next Friday, with visitors allowed to stay overnight.
What’s more, from July 3, visitor attractions will be able to reopen.
Pubs (with table service only), restaurants, hotels, hostels and B&Bs can also open their doors from this date.
However, spa facilities at hotels will remain shut.
As for Ireland, the country’s roadmap details that tourism is set to relaunch on July 20.
Irish islands, however, will only reopen on August 10, according to the plan.
Meanwhile, holidays in Scotland are anticipated to be possible from July 15.
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