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”.
The new rules have caused some Britons to cancel their group holiday plans, especially those planning to stay in rented accommodation with multiple rooms.
However, it seems that outdoor holidays which include camping, caravans and motorhomes have received some cancellations but still be the best bet for a future staycation in the UK.
Ros Pritchard OBE, Director General of British Holiday & Home Parks Association Ltd (BH&HPA) told Express.co.uk that although they have had some cancellations, it hasn’t been disastrous for them.
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“Yes, we’ve had cancellations but it hasn’t been a total disaster for us,” she said.
The BH&HPA is an organisation that represents the interests of the parks industry in the UK which makes up owners and managers of park home estates, campsites, holiday caravan parks, chalet parks and all types of self-catering accommodation.
Ms Pritchard explained that the government’s new “rule of six” for social gatherings still means that families and even couples can go away together.
She continued: “There are an awful lot of people still going on holiday. A family group, even in England, a household family can all go on holiday together.
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“The spanner in the works is a family of four or larger not being able to take grandparents on holiday with them.
“It’s the groups of friends too. But even then, three couples can go on holiday together in England but they can’t go on holiday together in Wales.”
She continued: “Of course if you’re camping or in a touring campervan or motorhome, you’re in your own accommodation. But our letting units in lodges and safari tents and holiday caravans – they have been very popular throughout the summer. The big ones will just end up with smaller groups in them.”
Ms Pritchard said BHHPA’s members want to stay open and serve their customers more than anything and avoid a second lockdown.
“I can understand why the government is doing it,” she explained.
“If this is the alternative, then this is what we’d rather have.”
Ed Bassett, UK Country Manager at Camptoo told Express.co.uk that campers should check individual campsites before they book a stay.
He said: “The UK government’s latest ‘rule of six’ means anyone camping or planning a staycation will need to adhere to the six-person limit.
“Currently, campsites are still open across the UK, however, we would recommend checking on facilities and arrangements in place with the individual campsite before booking a stay.
“Taking a camper or caravan on the road this year is a good way to adhere to social distancing and avoid large gatherings.
“The majority of Camptoo vehicles also have their own facilities, removing the need to share communal toilets, showers, kitchens etc at campsites. This is, therefore, a safer way to travel.”
Mr Bassett explained that one of the travel trends Camptoo had noted was customers booking holidays last minute.
“This year, we’re seeing travellers book very last minute, with 70 percent of our customers booking just one to three weeks in advance,” he said.
“This means that availability for Camptoo campervans during the next three months is still reasonable, although bookings for September are already high.
“We have already experienced 263 percent more bookings for September and October this year, than for the same months in 2019.
“Our advice would be to research campsites thoroughly and plan your route before setting off, and avoid anywhere crowded or popular with tourists.
“The further in advance you book, the more likely you are to find the best quality and lowest cost campervans and motorhomes – therefore our expert tip is to book sooner rather than later.”