COVID-19: Wales holiday parks reopen and people venture to beaches and countryside as order to stay local ends | UK News

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People have returned to holiday parks in Wales and some have ventured further afield for the first time in months after the country’s stay order expired.

Self-contained holiday accommodation such as caravan parks can once again accommodate people – several weeks ahead of England.

The sunny weather on Saturday also prompted some to visit the beaches and countryside, with parts of the Brecon Beacons supposedly occupied by cars and people stopping to eat ice cream.

The local stay measure had established a rule of thumb of around five miles, but now travel is allowed anywhere in Wales.

Six people from two households can also meet and exercise outdoors as part of the final stage of the easing of Wales’ lockdown, while organized activities for children get the green light and the libraries can reopen.

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Jonathan Williams of Ebbw Vale posted his trip to sunny Barry Island on Facebook, saying, “Finally”! Pic: Jonathan Williams

People have been urged to stick to social distancing rules still in place, and holiday companies currently cannot accommodate people from other UK countries.

Dyfed-Powys Police told Sky News they would not be patrolling the border but “officers will remain active on all roads”.

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Chris Ison visited Tenby and says he missed the ocean and the beach

In Tenby, one of the visitors taking advantage of the end of the local stay order was Chris Ison, who traveled 70 miles from Aberdare.

“I love the ocean, it’s not about pubs or restaurants, it’s just being able to walk on the beach, it’s my favorite place,” he told the correspondent of Sky News, Becky Cotterill.

The boss of Grondre Holiday Park in Pembrokeshire also said it was great to see people coming back.

Holiday park owner Thomas Scarratt says it's great to have people back
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Holiday park owner Thomas Scarott says it’s great to have people back

“It’s fantastic – walking around the park, seeing the smiles on people’s faces after several months of being locked out, it’s a pleasure to see – we’re really happy,” said Thomas Scarott.

However, he said some holiday parks in central Wales and North Wales which normally receive a lot of visitors from England would likely be “very quiet”.

Among those returning to Grondre for the first time since the lockdown are Sarah and Steven John, who bought a trailer from the site three years ago.

“It’s like a big family here, not like a normal trailer park with a lot of tourists. The people here know each other. It’s nice to be back now, ”says Steven.

Self-contained vacation accommodations are defined as those where guests do not need to share washing facilities, toilets, or kitchens.

Hotels, inns and B & Bs with private bathrooms and in-room dining may open for example, but many small businesses do not have these facilities.

A woman told Sky News her B&B had been financially devastated and she desperately wanted to know when it could reopen.

A sign of social distancing in Llandudno
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People are still urged to stay true to social distancing

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has not come up with a full roadmap like England’s, so all eyes are on the outcome of another review on April 2.

But some local businesses fear that even though travel to Wales is now permitted, trade will not resume until tourists from across the UK can return.

Ross Barnes, who runs the Tenby Harbor brewery, claims he has managed to survive by selling beer online.

Ross Barnes says his business needs people from all over the UK to recoup their losses
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Ross Barnes says he needs people from all over the UK to be able to visit

They have also just opened a pop-up store, but they need visitors from England and the rest of the UK to make up for their losses.

“We cannot just survive on local commerce. We are waiting for the moment when we can operate as we should, ”says Ross.

Wales has already reopened hairdressing salons and allowed most pupils to resume face-to-face teaching – all pupils, as well as students, are expected to return to classrooms after the Easter break .

The changes come before England eased some restrictions on Monday.

The stay-at-home order will be replaced by a local stay-at-home rule, organized sport will return, as will the outdoor rule of six.

Self-catering holiday accommodation in England is set to open on April 12 – the same day pubs and restaurants can start serving outdoors.

The four stages of lifting the lockdown in England

Boris Johnson announced plan to ease the lockdown stay on schedule and that nothing dissuades him from “continuing on our road map towards freedom”.

People living elsewhere in the UK will have to wait a few more days for their next step in easing COVID rules.

The rule of six will be reintroduced in Northern Ireland from Thursday, while Scotland’s stay-at-home order will be lifted on Friday.

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