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New safety measures at holiday parks across Cornwall

New safety measures at holiday parks across Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:31am 2nd July 2020. (Updated at 8:12am 2nd July 2020)

A holiday park owner in Cornwall has told Pirate FM they are looking forward to welcoming back guests, after a "frightening" and "uncertain" time.

Bridge Leisure, who own three holiday parks in Cornwall and one on the Devon boarder, have confirmed they will be reopening their parks to holidaymakers following months of closure due to Covid-19.

Trevella in Newquay, Seaview near Polperrro, Hengar Manor in Bodmin and Hedley Wood near Bude will all welcome their first holidaymakers on the 10th July.

The parks are allowing holiday home owners to return from the 4th July, giving the park time to bring their teams back, train them in any new procedures, get the accommodation deep cleaned and make sure the parks are safe and ready to welcome holiday guests a few days later.

Hedley Wood - Bridge Leisure Parks

Initially the parks won’t be able to open their shared touring facilities as they are still considered too high risk. Only those with their own toilet and wash facilities will be able to book touring pitches on the parks until the situation is reviewed.

New safety measures are being put in place, including signage, sanitiser stations, one-way systems and contact free arrivals.

To ensure their parks are as safe as possible, Bridge Leisure have been talking to travel risk experts from the Travel Risk Incident Prevention Group (TRIP) about the steps they are taking to make their parks ready for owners and holidaymakers when they return.

Lloyd Figgins, Chairman of the TRIP Group and Travel Risk Expert has been invited to stay at one of the parks to experience the ‘new normal’ and assess the safety precautions which have been put in place. He will then feedback any areas of concern or improvement to Bridge Leisure before they welcome their first holidaymakers to their parks.

Trevella - Bridge Leisure Parks

“This is the news we have all been waiting for. Opening in July will enable us to maximise the remainder of the busy summer season and more importantly, give people an opportunity to get away from the four walls of their own homes.

“We are working hard behind the scenes to meet all the new guidance on safety from the Government and we are also working with the TRIP Group to offer us some independent advice. The safety of our teams, owners and holidaymakers will always be the most important thing to us and we want to ensure we do everything possible to make our parks safe.

“We have always talked about our holiday parks being a home away from home and that’s why they provide such a good option for people who are nervous about going on holiday again. By design, our self-catering units are socially distance friendly and we are surrounded by the great outdoors, we expect to be busy as we are already experiencing high demand.”

CEO of Bridge Leisure, Andrew Howe

You can find out more about Cornwall Holiday Parks here.

Hengar Manor - Bridge Leisure Parks

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