Center Parcs: Simon Calder explains reason for success
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Lockdown restrictions have meant holidays at home and abroad have been off the cards for some time now, but the hope is that in the coming months, holidays could be able to resume. Ministers are reportedly looking at plans for people who live in the same household to be allowed to go on breaks together from April.
Last week Downing Street said the Government is doing “everything we can to make sure people can have a holiday this summer”.
He also said: “I understand why people want to make plans now, but we’re just going to have to be a bit more patient.”
But the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other ministers have repeatedly cautioned that it is too early to be certain about when people will be allowed to take holidays again.
Last week the Transport Secretary Grant Schapps said “people shouldn’t be booking holidays right now – not domestically or internationally”.
Tory MP Simon Clarke said the “bottom line” was that “travel abroad this year is unlikely”.
He tweeted: “Holidays within the UK are likely by the summer, but the government can’t make a hard and fast statement to this effect at this stage.”
More details will be announced in the week beginning February 22 as part of the promised roadmap out of lockdown, Mr Johnson vowed.
With schools set to return on March 8 and fast progress being made with the UK’s vaccination programme, lockdown is looking set to be eased slowly over the coming months.
Is Center Parcs open?
Center Parcs is not currently open, in line with Government advice.
The Center Parcs UK website reads: “Following recent indications from the Government that restrictions will continue into March we have made the decision to extend the closure of all our UK villages until at least 7th March 2021.
“Our priority continues to be the safety of guests and staff.
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“We will continue to monitor government announcements closely and will be ready to welcome our guests back when the time is right and with all the appropriate measures in place.
“All guests impacted by the closure period will receive an email from us with instructions on how to cancel activities and restaurant reservations and how to reschedule with a discount to the value of £100 or cancel with a full refund.”
The holiday provider has also provided advice for those who may be due to arrive for a holiday following March 8.
The website reads: “We understand that guests with breaks booked for when villages re-open and new guests looking to make a booking will have questions too and the information below should help.
“Government Covid Alert/Tier levels may change and rules and advice are constantly under review.
“Guests must check government information themselves to understand any changes or new rules prior to visiting Center Parcs, booking a new break or when considering a date change or cancellation of an existing booking.
“You must check the Local Covid Alert level of your home area and the village you’re visiting and comply with both sets of rules.”
Center Parcs have five villages across the UK and one in Ireland, and bookings remain open.
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