What Haven, Butlin’s, Center Parcs, and Pontins will look like once they reopen
Boris Johnson announced yesterday that a number of different businesses would be able to reopen as of 4 July, from hairdressers to pubs.
As well as this, Brits will be able to take holidays at hotels and holiday parks across England, with Scotland and Wales eventually following in the later weeks of the month.
Although many of us knew we wouldn’t be able to have a standard overseas holiday this year, even staycations will look completely different.
If you’d planned on visiting four of the most popular UK family holiday destinations – Haven, Butlins, Center Parcs, and Pontins – there are guidelines that will need to be upheld.
Check out the opening times from each of these companies, as well as the changes that’ll be in place once they do reopen their doors.
Haven reopening guidelines
Haven is open to guests as of Monday 6 July in England, with plans to Welsh Parks from Monday 13 July and Scottish Parks from Friday 17 July.
They’ll be offering ‘Haven Hideaways’, which have discounted rates but don’t include use of the entertainment and activities you’d usually expect.
Before you arrive you’ll be given a strict time and place to pick up your caravan keys and welcome pack in a drive-thru fashion.
Extra signs have been placed around parks to ensure distancing, along with hand sanitiser stations for visitors.
Beaches and other areas will still be open, but staff (with PPE) will be cleaning touchpoints and high traffic areas regularly where possible.
Takeaway food will be encouraged, and the on-site mini markets will have screens and customer limits.
Butlin’s reopening guidelines
Butlin’s parks will be reopening on 16 July.
Guest numbers will be significantly reduced, there will be drive-thru check-ins, and cleaning procedures will be ramped up considerably.
Entertainment will still be happening, just without ‘standing on the sidelines’ and with fewer guests in attendance.
There is no word yet on whether pools will be open, but fairgrounds, arcades, and activities like crazy golf will be available – just make sure you socially distance.
Restaurants are all still open (again with social distancing measures) but at the buffets staff will plate up your order behind a screen rather than you doing so yourself.
Center Parcs reopening guidelines
Center Parcs has not yet given an official date for reopening, saying on their website: ‘The very earliest we can reopen is the Monday 6th July, but we have no commitment to a specific date just yet.
‘The guidance may well change in the coming weeks, and even if it doesn’t we will not rush to open unless we are sure 100% we are ready.’
When the parks do open, there will be an increase in sanitation and staff will be given PPE. One way systems or other ways to reduce interaction between households could also come into play.
Restaurants in Center Parcs locations will have ‘reduced menus and a greater focus on takeaways’, while ParcMarket shops will be subject to many of the measures supermarkets have been – such as no cash payments and limits on people allowed in at once.
One of the main features of Center Parcs is the activity schedule, and bosses have pre-warned guests that some of these activities will have to be cancelled entirely. Others will be altered to adhere to social distancing.
Pontins reopening guidelines
Pontins are reopening their parks from 17 July on a self-catered basis only.
On their social media, bosses said: ‘Following government guidelines there will be no entertainment and the activities on park will be limited as social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.’
The parks are located near to beaches and natural beauty spots, however, so if you want to have a break filled with walks and chilled days outdoors, that’s what you’ll get.