Tents, caravans, motorhomes, holiday cottages

Allow people to gain access to the countryside for holidays. Use of self contained living spaces will be a small but important step in opening up the rural economy.

Why the contribution is important

Several socioeconomic benefits including: Safe release of those under lockdown; provides frontline staff (and others) a mechanism to enjoy a vacation; kickstarts the rural economy, especially those dependant on agri-tourism; allows owners of second properties an opportunity to maintain their property; allows the owners of motorhomes and caravans an opportunity to keep these vehicles in good order.

by aloneinthehills on May 08, 2020 at 11:29AM

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Average rating: 3.8
Based on: 29 votes


  • Posted by bethieemoo May 08, 2020 at 11:53

    No way, why should the rural communities with limited access to essentials as it is, be put in danger like that? I understand the idea of a ‘vacation’ but rural places do not have the facilities to come with an influx of tourists at this time.
  • Posted by firehorse May 08, 2020 at 12:04

    Not a good idea, people on holiday will need to be in contact people in smaller communities, you would be bursting the local bubble, it would also call for an increase in road travel, emergency services etc.
    I think that we would be better deferring holidays till less restrictions are in place.
  • Posted by iambob29 May 08, 2020 at 13:07

    Excellent idea - especially if people bring their provisions with them.

    There is no need to interact with the local community - wild camping & self-contained, self-catering facilities.

    Perhaps limit the number of nights or distance travelled - up to 50 miles from main residence?
  • Posted by Ruraltownie May 08, 2020 at 14:42

    Not a good idea. Puts small communities at greater risk - visitors are unlikely to have absolutely no contact .
  • Posted by user1234 May 08, 2020 at 15:49

    I believe people should be permitted to stay in their own private static caravan. In my situation my caravan is much more isolated than my home and I come into much less contact with other people there than I do in my house. It is totally self contained so I would not have to use communal shower or toilet blocks. It is also within 20 miles of my home so I would still be using the same main supermarket than if I were at home and also the same hospital should I fall ill so would put no more strain on the local area than if I was at home. This would help greatly with the mental ability to cope with an extended lockdown.
  • Posted by Ashling May 08, 2020 at 17:06

    If people behave responsibly and cleaning is done properly and thoroughly in self catering cottages by cleaners with disinfectant points placed in shops, restaurants and everybody is advised to respect this, then I feel that we can make a step forward towards this and allowing people to go to holiday cottages in remote places.

    If everyone, including locals are extra vigilant about their cleanliness and behaviour and take careful precautions remembering to keep the social distancing rules in place, then I feel that this should be a consideration and people allowed to visit other places and stay in self catering cottages.

    Holiday makers should be self contained, which they are mostly, within their holiday homes and not encouraged to mix with people etc. They bring their own food mostly.

    Restrictions on ferry travel would have to be lifted or carefully managed.

    People still have to shop, exercise and go for a walk and respect the rules at home as they would do anywhere else.

    There are many positives to this including contributing a huge amount the economy as well as general health and well being for many.

  • Posted by das May 08, 2020 at 19:05

    Would maybe work if only allowed in a fifty mile radius
  • Posted by JennyBee May 10, 2020 at 14:31

    I've seen lots of comments along the lines of " small rural areas don't have the capacity for loads of tourists if someone becomes ill" . This is not true- there's every chance someone falls over their step and breaks a leg ,requiring hospitalisation in a normal summer- how do these folk think small rural/ island communities manage in the summer in general?? I think we have to allow some movement for recreation/ short holidays, it needs careful management, but so does everything. I certainly think allowing it say 50 miles from home would be a good start.
  • Posted by Jay32 May 10, 2020 at 17:46

    No way. It is far too early to even think about this. Holidays are not important when compared to lives.
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