Whilst you may not see the immediate link, on the day we sold the high street name of Debenams, after over 200 years in our towns and cities, its loss to the local economy will be hard felt for years to come. Our UK Tourism Trade brings much required revenue to the high street boosting seasonal revenue.
Last year from the 4th of July we opened our doors with social distancing and COVID-19 Controls in place to our Farm Stay Guests, we were full with every Property, weekday and Weekends were all taken.
Travel corridor closure, many airports having closed and many airlines having lost most or all of their fleet, the expectation of cheap flights will be a thing of the past, as will the affordable package holiday.
Today the Telegraph leads with:
Hand Pavements and Roads Back over to Businesses
Current infection levels and the new variant of the virus mean busy shops, restaurants and bars are not going to be safe anytime soon The answer is to allow those businesses to make much better use of the low risk, outside space that surrounds them.
Free Land Owners to create thousands of extra camp sites
Last year staycation demand was more muted but even then the nation’s existing overnight facilities were quickly booked out Ministers must move now to clear bureaucratic hurdles so local businesses can plan for and meet this summer’s domestic demand.
If this is to be the case, we should look at a sustainable plan for growth, including investment in existing businesses impacted by COVID-19 not simply destroying the very countryside that everyone is longing to be back out in.
Prevent everyone heading for the same Beach
Remember those scenes last year – tens of thousands of day-trippers squeezed onto a single beach with not a lifeguard on duty because they had not completed their “covid training” yet? Well, it cannot be allowed to happen again.
Look for inland destinations to keep you and your family safe look for businesses operating AA Covid Confident and Visit England’s Good To Go practices.
Back open for business?
Indications are that the rule of 6 will remain, possibly single households with the extension of support bubbles. May seems to be the indicative target currently meaning that February Half Term, Easter Spring Bank Holiday and the start of Summer Revenue will be a heavy loss to the industry. For those reliant on Tourism alone many will simply not survive, however for those able to weather this relentless storm the demand will fast outstrip supply and now is the time to prepare for business owners to prepare for this.
In the meantime we are open for permitted stays and our guidance for these circumstances can be found here: COVID-19
For forward bookings please take a look at our farm stay options and availability calendar: Accommodation Options in the meantime however the dogs need a walk.