Campsites reopening

I own a campsite & I truly think it is safe & possible to open up safely due to being able to social distance easily.
I think the local authorities should come & pass the site before opening so as to satisfy themselves it is safe & fit for purpose .
My feeling is business needs to be allowed to at least try & reopen as the long term effects of this are catastrophic for the tourism industry in Scotland.
Not sure about mileage from home for customers as I don’t think that would work
I would add that maybe early to mid July is a possible target date for giving this consideration.

Why the contribution is important

To maintain businesses in the tourism industry or we will be gone forever

by jamesm on May 05, 2020 at 09:16PM

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Based on: 24 votes


  • Posted by conniecobra May 05, 2020 at 21:25

    I think it would be possible and good for people to be able to get away safely. If done correctly
  • Posted by IndyLawyer May 05, 2020 at 21:40

    I agree; getting out into the countryside, enjoying the fresh air, would be beneficial physically, emotionally and for the economy, always subject to the caveat of responsible conduct including distancing.
  • Posted by Debrastorr May 05, 2020 at 22:20

    I’ve not yet seen a campsite where social distancing and necessary hygiene requirements can be met in the toilet/shower facilities.

    I own a self catering holiday let and I’m currently not will8ng to risk my cleaning staff by being open.
  • Posted by FraochL May 05, 2020 at 22:45

    The trouble is people don’t only camp, they travel and so either bring infection with them or take it back. Each time the car’s refuelled, food’s bought! Fences are touched a trace is collected or left. You can’t look at just one facility or use, it’s how the whole ecosystem changes through the activity that’s enabled.
  • Posted by Jeannie May 05, 2020 at 22:59

    No No please don’t risk this no tourists
    They would come to our rural areas and set it all off again
  • Posted by Thunderbird May 06, 2020 at 10:48

    I would advocate allowing camping sites to be opened - in a controlled way and with appropriate rules and guidelines.

    Campsite owners are businesses that are important to the economy - and I'm sure responsible owners would put the appropriate measures in place to ensure proper protocols. They would also have to be responsible for controlling behaviour of campers when on-site and evict any that abuse the system and blatantly flout good practice guidelines.

    Would like to think also that campsite users would also act responsibility by ensuring right controls are adhered to - for their own safety and other users. However - like very aspect of life - some will not adhere to proper norms and it will require others to call-out and sanction inappropriate behaviour.

    Travel to campsites would obviously have implications - but these are no different to what is happening at present when people make other journeys.

    Tourists from foreign countries would have more restrictions placed on their travel - at a national level - and therefore campsites would only allow Scottish/UK residents to use their facilities in the near term - until such time as wider national and international travel restrictions are lifted in a controlled way, which is presumably is a much longer term issue.
  • Posted by Tee4 May 07, 2020 at 08:47

    I work on a campsite in the cairngorm national park which is considered quite the honey pot for tourism. If reopened people will travel from all over the uk bringing infection to an area that has a relatively low infection rate. Campsite facilities should remain closed if sites do reopen, there are too many touch points to spread infection and even with hourly cleaning it’s impossible to prevent spread. Reception is also a concern. Our reception is so small that it would be impossible to socially distance so we’d need to adopt a new approach, I.e serving through a window, accepting only pre-booked and pre-paid Tourer’s. The biggest concern of all is how would we prevent children from one family playing with children in another family. It’s all well and good saying people will be responsible but we’ve seen many examples of irresponsible behaviour during the lockdown. I’ve witness too many to list here!
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