Caravan parks in Scotland to open from July 3 ahead of England – but Wales lags behind

CARAVAN parks in Scotland will open from July 3, ahead of England.

However, a holiday in Wales will be off the cards for longer, with plans for similar sites to open from July 13.

Campsites, along with caravan parks, hotels, B&Bs and holiday lets are to reopen from July 4 in England and people will be allowed to travel to their second homes to stay overnight.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement earlier this week: "From July 4, people will be free to stay overnight in contained accommodation, including hotels, B&Bs, including campsites, as long as shared facilities are kept clean."

This includes one other household, meaning two households will be able to go on holiday together.

Scotland and Wales were not included in this date, however, as the countries maintain the limited travel restrictions of five miles.

Scotland is currently in phase 2, but sites without communal areas will be able to open the day before the UK.

In Scottish parliament, Nicola Sturgeon said: "Although the tourism sector will not open fully until 15th of July we intend that self-contained holiday accommodation, for example, holiday cottages and lodges, caravans where there are no shared services, can open from the 3rd of July."

Camping sites with shared areas such as showers and toilets will therefore have to wait another two weeks to be able to open.

The five-mile travel limit is also to be lifted from July 3, but it isn't clear if this will include travelling from England to Scotland.

Wales will be making a decision on holidays on July 9.

However, the ‘stay local’ advice is expected to be ended by6 July, with the opening of self-contained accommodation from 13 July.

Wales First Minster Mark Drakeford told BBC Wales: "If you have in Wales a static caravan that has got its own kitchen and bathroom, if you are renting a cottage, if you are going to a hotel that has turned itself into self-contained accommodation there will be a clear signal for me today to use the next three weeks to get everything you need in place.

"You will be able to start taking bookings for after July 13."

Brits keen for a holiday this year are booking UK trips every 11 seconds, according to some tour operators.

New changes can be expected at caravan and campsites this year, however.

Some sites are letting wild patches of tall grass grow between pitches to make sure holidaymakers stay 2m apart. 

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