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Many Britons have opted to switch their usual international holiday for a staycation right here in the UK. However, new lockdown restrictions are looming, with the Prime Minister already enforcing smaller “local lockdowns” in parts of Northern England and the City of Leicester.
For those with caravan, camping and holiday park bookings, it could be cause for concern.
Luckily, the Government has provided some advice for Britons who may be enjoying a staycation, or about to embark on one, when lockdown restrictions suddenly strike.
“In parts of Northern England and in the City of Leicester, you must not meet with people you do not live with in private homes or in gardens,” explains the Government website.
“There are limited exceptions set out in law, including where you have formed a legally-permitted support bubble with another household.
“You should also avoid meeting people you do not live with in public venues, such as bars and restaurants.”
It is thought that similar measures could be introduced nationwide if coronavirus rates deem it necessary.
However, the good news is that staycation plans can still go ahead, according to the Government website.
“You can travel into an area with local restrictions on holiday,” it states.
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“If you live inside an area with local restrictions, you can go on holiday outside that area but you should only socialise indoors with members of your own household or support bubble.”
Holidaymakers must only stay in private accommodation – such as self-catered apartments or holiday cottages, with members of their own household or support bubble.
Similarly, while hotels or similar accommodation are still okay for overnight stays, rooms should only be shared with those from your household or support bubble.
The Government warns against sharing a caravan with anyone outside of your home or support bubble.
Whilst on holiday, Britons are urged to follow the regulations of the area they are visiting.
“At the time that local restrictions are brought in, if you are currently on holiday with another household in an area with local restrictions and are staying in a private home – which includes self-catered accommodation such as holiday cottages, apartments or boats – and it is not reasonable for you to curtail your stay, you should finish your holiday as planned,” explains the Government.
“Until the end of this holiday you should make every effort to reduce socialising indoors outside of your household and follow local regulations and guidance.”
Of course, there may be some instances in which would-be holidaymakers need to cancel their trip as a result of coronavirus regulations.
“If you are not able to take a planned holiday due to local restrictions, we encourage accommodation providers to offer alternative dates if this can be agreed with you,” states the Government.
“If this cannot be arranged, we encourage businesses to provide a refund as they have for customers during the broader period of national restrictions, which may depend on the terms of the booking contract.”
Many holiday providers are being more flexible due to the pandemic, however amid the staycation surge, many have no availability until later in the year.
However, the good news is that, as a result, some parks are extending their season until much later in the year.
“Lots of campsites have been exploring an extended season to try and make up for lost revenue between April and June – not necessarily for tent camping, but perhaps for touring guests and glamping pods,” campsites.co.uk founder Martin Smith told Express.co.uk.
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