Pontins holiday parks to remain closed until 2021 due to coronavirus – The Sun

PONTINS holiday parks will stay closed until 2021 after shutting because of coronavirus.

The company closed its doors over two months ago, and hundreds of holidaymakers are now expected to apply for a refund.

Pontins closed its holiday parks nine weeks ago, and cancelled all holidays booked up to April 30.

But the company, which has six UK resorts, has now said it will be closed indefinitely.

A message on the Pontins website reads: “The health and safety of everyone visiting or working on our parks is our number one priority.

“Due to the current Covid-19 epidemic, our holiday parks are closed until further notice.

“We will respond to any email queries in due course.

“Best wishes during this difficult time and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.”

JULY REOPENING

Other holiday resorts in the UK are hoping to start accepting bookings again in July.

Butlins has said they are “hopeful that we can open again in the not too distant future”, and has only cancelled holidays up to July 2.

Center Parcs, meanwhile, has said most of its UK villages will be closed until July 5, and Longford Forest until July 19.

For Brits eyeing a getaway, however, campsites could open up earlier.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told Sky last week: “Having come from Suffolk down to London, I know there are a lot of campsites that are very keen for people to come.

“Some of this is being carefully considered, recognising that we have reduced outdoor transmission risk, that things like camping may well become suitable.”

Ms Coffey added that campsites could open “later this year, potentially in July”, if infections rates continue to decrease.

The government has said that outdoor spaces could reopen earlier than indoor spaces because there is less chance of the virus spreading.

At the May 14 government briefing, deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said it was a “biological truism” that being outdoors is safer than being in an enclosed space.

He stressed the “complex” dangers of reopening campsites too soon but implied that the date could be revised after some “careful thought”.

He added: “Of course that will need some careful thinking about because sharing a tent is a small enclosed space or can be a small enclosed space with generally poor conditions of ventilation and I guess it depends who you are sharing it with.”

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