AS LOCKDOWN restrictions start to ease, many are awaiting their escape to the great outdoors. Can you go camping in the UK during the lockdown?
British tourists and holidaymakers are likely to turn to domestic trips and camping breaks once lockdown restrictions are fully lifted, as it looks increasingly unlikely that summer holidays abroad will be a possibility this year. Campsite providers have started considering how they may be able to reopen safely when Brits are free to move around, whenever that may be.
Can I go camping in the UK during lockdown?
Hopes are high among British campsites for a summer business boom, all campsites and caravan parks are to remain closed in accordance with Public Health advice.
So, in short, no. People should avoid camping during the lockdown as it is in breach of the guidance in place.
Tourism Minister Nigel Huddlestone tweeted: “You and your household can head outdoors for your physical and mental wellbeing in England.
“But be respectful to local people and communities. You must adopt social distancing at all times.
“Then return to your primary home – no overnight stays, including second homes and holiday homes.”
These regulations extend to free camping as well – the practice of pitching your tent on public land.
Under normal circumstances, free camping is only legal on Dartmoor in England and across most regions of Scotland, but it is strictly banned under current regulations.
Anybody who is caught breaking the rules and camping will receive a large fine.