The world is a very different place in 2020 and although restrictions are lifting, it is likely that there will be various measures in place for a while to come. One of the most notable areas where you will see changes and restrictions is in travel. Inter-national travel is significantly reduced with strict measures in place, which is why UK staycations will be a popular option this summer especially with people keen to enjoy themselves after being forced to spend so much time at home.
Even a staycation in the UK this summer will be different to a typical local holiday and it is important to be aware of what measures are in place so that you know what to expect, abide by Government and scientific advice and protect the health not only of your family but also the general public.
Where possible, it is likely that there will be alternatives in place to face-to-face contact to reduce risk. This might involve an online check-in process, online pay-ments, contactless food delivery, pre-orders at shops etc. While this may not be ideal and take away part of the social aspect, this is not a huge difference in to-day’s technologically-advanced age and it is fortunate that there is tech already in place that can help to reduce contact. Places like Park Holidays will be ideal for a safe holiday this summer, largely due to the fact that there is already minimal contact and it will be easy to adhere to social distancing.
Staff Wearing PPE
One of the most noticeable changes is that it is likely that you will see staff wear-ing PPE in places like hotels, campsites and establishments. This can obviously be a bit shocking and cause alarm (especially in youngsters), but it is important to re-member that this is simply for precaution and designed to protect you and others. There will also be social distancing in place much like anywhere else and you need to play your part by respecting this and making sure that the kids understand this too.
Hand Sanitising Stations
Hand washing is, of course, one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the virus. This is why you will see hand sanitising stations just about every-where you travel to and it is important to use these (or carry your own gel) regu-larly and especially after touching anything which is not your own.
Social distancing means that capacity is much lower in many different types of places, so there is a good chance that the places that you visit will be much quiet-er than normal. This is not necessarily a drawback as any holiday can be extreme-ly busy in the middle of summer so it might be a more peaceful and relaxing ex-perience this year.
Cleaning is always important when it comes to places like hotels and campsites, but particularly now where there is still a threat of the virus (although this is now lower). It is likely that your accommodation will be thoroughly cleaned and sani-tised before arrival and you will see a lot more cleaning of public spaces than normal. Again, this is not a bad thing and will help to provide peace of mind know-ing that the place that you are staying in is taking things seriously to protect public health.
There may also be places that check your temperature pre-entry. While this is not a particularly pleasant experience and can increase anxiety especially amongst kids, it is important to realise that this is for your own protection and is vital in stopping transmission from occurring.
These are a few of the measures that you are likely to see in place if you opt for a staycation this summer. While it may not be a typical summer holiday, it is reas-suring to see that there are measures in place and it should help you to relax and enjoy the vacation after what has been a challenging period.