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Coronavirus (COVID-19): caravan sites and holiday parks

Guidance for campsites, holiday parks, caravan sites, motorhome hire businesses and their users.

22 Jul 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): caravan sites and holiday parks

Who this guidance is for

This guidance is for campsites, holiday parks, caravan sites and motorhome hire businesses.

It does not cover residential parks (mobile home sites). 

Where we are now

As from 15th July, most holiday accommodation, including caravan sites and campsites, is permitted to open, and travel to caravan sites and campsites for holidays is now permitted. Shared facilities such as toilets and shower blocks on campsites are also permitted to open, enabling sites to accept non-self-contained units from the 15th.

Site owners and managers are expected to follow the Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance.

Guests are expected to follow the guidance and rules as set out by the site owners to ensure compliance with relevant health and safety.

Although camping is permitted, some sites are choosing not to open, or are opening at reduced capacity, and users are recommended to book in advance, and to plan out their trip well ahead of time, particularly if visiting multiple locations. 

Scotland’s access legislation allows camping wherever access rights apply but these rights come with certain obligations, such as respecting others and the environment.  The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides detailed guidance on the responsibilities of those exercising access rights including advice about lighting fires, toilet waste and litter.  This leaflet summarises the Access Code’s advice for campers and explains where to find more information.

Whilst we expect the majority of campers to behave responsibly, there are penalties for those who litter or act in an antisocial manner.

Related information

Prior to opening operators should refer to the full relevant guidance:

And take appropriate action including, but not limited, to:

  • carrying out a risk assessment, considering factors that may be impacted by re-opening of the site such as requirement for physical distancing, local traffic, local supply provisions, etc.;
  • conducting routine checks and take all measures appropriate to reopening after a prolonged closure
  • making adjustments such as signage, blocking off areas and road / floor markings to ensure physical distancing is maintained between accommodation units and between users as required;
  • consider the need for additional waste management arrangements
  • consider implementation of a one way system where possible
  • consider the use of footpaths and cycle paths in terms of signage and physical distancing requirements.