Open campsites

Once travel restrictions begin to be lifted, early consideration should be given to allowing campsites to be opened. Social distancing is straightforward to achieve as people are in their family groups in their caravan or motor home.

Why the contribution is important

This permits a low risk activity as part of a phased return to normality. It gets people into the open air and is good for mental well-being, as well as benefitting local businesses.

by Pythagoras on May 08, 2020 at 10:15AM

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  • Posted by Elliemay662 May 08, 2020 at 10:24

    Being outdoors increases vitamin D levels which in turn supports immune system
  • Posted by Summer May 08, 2020 at 10:25

    So important for our health and wellbeing
  • Posted by Johnh May 08, 2020 at 10:31

    I want to agree and am supportive of calls to allow caravans and hiking etc. But I don't think shared washing/toilet facilities are a good idea personally. Not yet.
  • Posted by Thinking May 08, 2020 at 11:04

    It's not so good for the mental well-being of people who live in rural communities. Our shops often cover large geographical areas. Having queues for essential supplies extended by holidaymakers would be pretty stressful. The possibility of supplies running out due to increased demand is very real as is the increased chance of the virus spreading in our vulnerable communities.
  • Posted by RosDoc May 08, 2020 at 11:06

    You would need to open them to folks who have their own toilet facilities in their caravans or campervans. Opening toilets would present a huge risk.
  • Posted by Daisiechain May 08, 2020 at 11:17

    I absolutely agree. I take into consideration the concerns re toilets and washing facilities however this could be managed I am sure by the campsite owners. Most problems have solutions and we need to be proactive.
  • Posted by FraochL May 08, 2020 at 11:41

    I don’t get the concern about food running out, it doesn’t any other summer when the highlands are full of tourists so why would it now? This is a cover for fear that contamination rates in the country might get closer to those in the cities (currently double). Overloading scarce rural nhs resources is legitimate so there’d need to be some way of keeping local and visiting populations separate. Maybe something like the red and green zones in hospitals? Have shops set up a call in collect service for visitors that’s separate to locals, or only serve certain hours? With visitor attractions shut campers and holiday home users would only be able to do hillwalking etc so could maintain social distancing provided the accommodation is entirely self contained. Facilities with shared toilet blocks would be a no-go, they’d need to get in a portaloo for each plot.
  • Posted by noel May 08, 2020 at 13:00

    I think the main issue for opening campsites is the toilet / Shower blocks. If this can be overcome with installing portaloos and individual shower units with suitable cleaning regimes then they should be opoened.
  • Posted by Robert866 May 09, 2020 at 13:15

    Where a site has touring pitches Motorhomes and Caravans should be allowed as well. Shared facilities could remain closed since modern campers and caravans have perfectly adequate facilities on board. Social distancing could be easily enforced.
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