On Monday 22nd February, the government announced the roadmap for bringing Britain out of lockdown. The plan included key dates of when certain venues and industries could expect to re-open based on how the data is showing at that time.
This included things such as the re-opening of retail, restaurants and hospitality and even later in the year a plan for re-opening sectors such as nightclubs and removing limits of social contact.
This plan has sparked optimism for most of Britain but what does the plan mean for caravanners?
It’s been a tough year for lovers of caravan and motorhome trips, with many of us not having any trips for the last year. However, things are starting to look up. Here’s what we know based on Monday’s announcement:
It’s important to remember that the dates announced by the government are a guideline and it will still depend on how many people are vaccinated at the time, what the death rate is like and what the R rate is (rate of infection of the COVID-19 disease). If these numbers continue to drop and remain low, then we can expect to follow these dates quite accurately.
So, when will they re-open?
As part of the government’s road map for exiting lockdown, self-catered holidays will be possible from April 12th at the earliest. International travel won’t be allowed to resume until, at the earliest, May 17th – so it’s likely a lot of Brit’s will be holidaying at home for a while.
These are the rules that Boris Johnson has announced for Britain. Under these plans, people will be allowed to stay in self-catered accommodation but only with members of your household. Campsites and holiday lets where indoor facilities are not shared with other households are also included in this category.
Get ready for life after lockdown
Many caravan and campsites have now begun to contact those with existing bookings and are taking bookings for dates past April 12th. We imagine that there will be a high surge in bookings this year so we would advise you to act quickly if you want a trip as soon as possible.
Don’t forget, when you do get back on the road your caravan will be exposed to damaging factors such as UV rays, stones, road chips and gravel. Keep it protected with a towing jacket from Pro-Tec Covers.