We have a roadmap! And also, more questions. We answer the big questions about your glamping staycation for summer 2021.
When can we go camping again in the UK?
English accommodation may be opening from 12th April, but no earlier, and provided there are self-contained facilities - subject to the science and what’s happening with the pandemic of course.
Sites with shared facilities are looking at no earlier than 17th May, with a limit on group numbers (no more than 6 people or 2 households.) More information can be found on the gov website here.
Welsh accommodation sites are still awaiting an announcement, and we understand the next review for current measures will be March 12th.
Scottish accommodation sites are also still awaiting an announcement. Hospitality venues may be reopening from 26th April, but as Nicola Sturgeon didn’t specifically mention holiday accommodation, things are not clear. She has previously said staycations might be possible this summer, but that comment was made in February and we know how quickly things can change.
Accommodation sites in Northern Ireland are awaiting a review of restrictions which were extended to April 1st. What changes from that date will depend on the science.
What if new/ last minute lockdown measures prevent me from using my booking?
If the rules change, you’ll need to contact the glampsite. Owners are bending over backwards across the sector to keep customers happy and will be happy to explain how they can help you. If you booked directly then you should have their full contact details in their email signature, if it’s easier for you to call rather than email.
If you booked through a third party site, check their terms and conditions. Sites like coolcamping.com have established a Coronavirus Guarantee which may appeal for maximum peace of mind.
(Continued below this lovely picture of our new-for-2021 Lotus Belle Lightweight)
Should I wear a mask when I go glamping?
We don’t know what the rules will look like by the time the summer of 2021 arrives, but we do think it’s advisable to always err on the side of caution. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth inside washing buildings, shops, any reception areas and general communal areas.
In and immediately around your tent, and outside when able to keep a distance from others are examples of when it’s likely ok to not wear your mask.
If you’re exploring the local area, keep hand sanitiser and a mask in your pocket so you’re covered for all entry requirements.
But is it safe?
Glampsites in the UK will be required to comply with the Covid-19 Secure guidelines created by the government. They were originally published in 2020 and we expect they will be updated for 2021 although that’s not certain.
If the anxiety of safety is going to outweigh the enjoyment of your staycation then we advise that you glamp at home. Wild camping is not allowed, but chances are if you’ve got a back garden you can fit our Air Bud in it. Make a project out of it, plan your interior decor, and create your own bubble away from the world. Camping is good for you!
We also have a blog which features 5 sites with Lotus Belle Tents who are Covid secure, which you can read here. Many sites have reduced their capacity, and offer contactless check in. Many have invested in additional facilities to allow them to reduce the need to share, and where that hasn’t been possible, have introduced things to help maintain social distancing such as booked time slots for showers.
If you’re booking with a site to have access to particular local hotspots, please remember that those places may still be affected by measures by the time you are enjoying your staycation. Cafes, restaurants, non-essential shops, leisure facilities and famous landmarks may be functioning with limited hours or closed.
Site are getting booked up quickly - read the trends forecast for 2021 here. Playing it safe and getting a Lotus Belle for your garden? Here’s 10 ideas to get your home staycation going. Wondering what it’s like behind the scenes at a glampsite? Sneak a peak into a day in the life at Broadhembury Holiday Park.