Campsites reopen update: Quarantine rules do not include camping as police issue warnings
Camping is set to be the latest holiday trend this year with the current Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice still stating that Britons cannot travel abroad unless it is “essential”. Yesterday, Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed that those arriving in the UK from abroad will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the day of their arrival. The new rules will come into effect on June 8, with anyone caught breaking the rules facing a fine of £1,000.
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Border Force Director General Paul Lincoln said people will be asked to provide details of where they will be staying when they arrive in the UK.
The quarantine rules are being put in place in an attempt to halt a potential second wave of the deadly coronavirus.
But with the rules coming into play just before the summer holiday season, many are looking at camping and staycation options this summer.
However, despite lockdown restrictions being slowly eased camping still remains banned in the UK.
And now, the police in some regions of the country have been forced to take action.
Police in Newquay, Cornwall were forced to wake up several people in campervans.
And Dorset Police were also forced to remove people who were camping in a gazebo on a beach.
Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez told the BBC that the police do not want people to visit the southwest for sleepovers.
Ms Hernandez said that Cornwall and Devon had seen crowds of people arriving in campervans and caravans despite the lockdown rules remaining in place.
She said: “We are worried going into the bank holiday weekend that people are not heeding the advice about staying home.”
Government advice states that people should be staying the night at their own primary residence.
Areas of North Devon have also told campers to move on.
Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory said she had spoken to the Prime Minister’s Office and local police about the issue.
She said: “Earlier today it was brought to my attention that there were a number of caravans and campervans that were parked up and stayed overnight last night on the north coast – particularly in Perranporth.
“Let me be clear, this is not on.”
Dorset Police caught people sleeping in a gazebo on Sandbanks beach in Poole.
The campers were reportedly a group of people from London who had camped overnight.
However, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden shed some light on the subject on Wednesday after saying that he would like to get the tourism sector up and running as quickly as possible.
He said on Wednesday: “I would love to get the tourism sector up as quickly as we possibly can.
“We’ve set this very ambitious plan to try and get it up and running by the beginning of July.”
He added: “Clearly, we can only do it if it’s safe to do so because I think the worst thing for our tourism sector would be to start, then see the R rate rise out of control, see a second peak that overwhelms the NHS that we then have to slam on the brakes again.”
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