BRITS who had planned to swap foreign holidays for staycations this spring will have to scrap their trips after the government told people to stay “in their primary residence” due to coronavirus.
That means all visits to holiday homes camp sites, caravan parks or similar are advised against.
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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media And Sport updated its guidance to avoid non-essential travel in the UK, following the Government’s advice on social distancing in relation to Covid-19.
It said: “This guidance is for people planning to visit second homes or holiday premises during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence.
“Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.”
Following a sunny weekend where thousands of Brits headed to the beach, coastal resorts have also appealed to the public to stay away.
West Wittering beach in West Sussex was forced to close because of the crowds, while people flocked to the beach at Whitstable, Kent.
A member of the management team in West Wittering told the BBC: “The crowds were into the thousands – dispersed on to the large beach – but it’s the method of getting here… we’re at the end of a peninsula, there’s one way in and one way out.”
Others spilled onto the beach at Lyme Regis while Bournemouth and Brighton were rammed with day-trippers, runners and bikers.
The Visit Cornwall tourist board has also asked people to postpone their visits to a later date.
The National Trust was among those forced to close all of its parks and gardens after huge crowds gathered.
Meanwhile, a police and crime commissioner has called for “lockdowns” in rural Wales to stop self-isolationists and tourists flooding in.
Dafydd Llewelyn, who is the Plaid Cymru police and crime commissioner for Dyfed Powys, described the Covid-19 epidemic as a “national emergency, not a national holiday”.
He has called for travel and residency restrictions to be introduced, and people travelling to a non-primary residence should be stopped from doing so while those currently in non-primary residences should return home.
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It follows warnings from local health and safety workers across Wales that services are at risk of being overwhelmed, threatening the lives of local residents and those travelling to the area.
This includes the Snowdonia rescue service, local GPs, hospitals and local authorities.
The news just says after Haven announced it had closed all of their parks until next month due to coronavirus.
Butlins has also announced that it is closing until mid-April because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The holiday company is going to shut down all three of its UK resorts in Minehead, Bognor Regis and Skegness from March 20 until April 16.
Center Parcs was one of the first to announce it was closing all of their UK villages from March 20 until April 16.
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