PONTINS is to reopen from July 6 for two months, after being forced to close in March due to coronavirus.

However, activities and entertainment will not be taking place at the parks as social distancing guidelines remain in action.

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Pontins closed its holiday parks nine weeks ago, and cancelled all holidays booked up to the end of April.

But the company, which has six UK resorts, has now announced it will open from July until August 30.

A message on the Pontins website reads: "Pontins Holiday Parks and Sand Bay & Pakefield Holiday Villages are re-opening from July 6 in line with current government advice.

"At this time we can only offer self catered breaks.

"Following government guidelines there will be no entertainment and the activities on park will be limited as social distancing guidelines must be adhered to."

They added: "All our parks and holiday villages are situated a stone's throw from the beach; the weather is set to be fantastic; we look forward to welcoming you back."

The parks previously warned that they would be closed until 2021, so it is great news for families heading there this year.

Other holiday resorts in the UK are hoping to start accepting bookings again in July.

Butlins has said they are “hopeful that we can open again in the not too distant future”, and has only cancelled holidays up to July 2.

Center Parcs, meanwhile, has said most of its UK villages will be closed until July 5, and Longford Forest until July 19.

For Brits eyeing a getaway, however, campsites could open up earlier.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told Sky last week: “Having come from Suffolk down to London, I know there are a lot of campsites that are very keen for people to come.

“Some of this is being carefully considered, recognising that we have reduced outdoor transmission risk, that things like camping may well become suitable.”

Ms Coffey added that campsites could open “later this year, potentially in July”, if infections rates continue to decrease.

 

Camping holiday bookings have increased by 60 per cent in recent weeks as Brits opt for a staycation this year.

National Trust is opening more parks and gardens next month as well, with social distancing measures in place.

Pub gardens could even be open again by next month as friends and family could stay 2m away while having a pint.

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