St Hermans Estate Co Limited
Residential & Holiday Caravan Park Operators
CORONAVIRUS (UPDATED 13 MAY 2020)
We are trying to isolate as much as possible, so the office will be open on a part-time basis for the duration of the lockdown:
HOLIDAY CARAVAN PARKS
The government have updated their online Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance and support documents:
Section 1: Businesses And Venues That Must Remain Closed To Members Of The Public includes caravan parks.
Section 3: Businesses And Venues states that caravan parks are required by law to remain closed for the time being.
Section 1.7: Are There Restrictions On How Far I Can Travel For My Exercise Or Outdoor Activity? explains that leaving your home to stay at your caravan is not allowed.
Section 1.9: Are Day Trips And Holidays Ok? Can People Stay In Second Homes? goes further by stating that you cannot even visit your caravan whilst the park is in lockdown.
Section 3.4: Will You Open Pubs / Cinemas / Hairdressers In July? addresses the reopening of non-essential businesses and, although caravan parks aren’t specifically mentioned, we appear to fall into the same category and would therefore assume that our reopening will coincide with theirs. The government said that their current thinking is that this will be no earlier than 4 July and, more importantly, they also stress that this estimate is subject to further detailed scientific advice nearer the time.
Obviously the situation is ever-changing and we will keep you informed as and when we receive updates. Please do not turn up hoping to visit or stay in your caravan, because you will be turned away at the gate. This is a unique situation which is not ideal for anyone (ourselves included) and we, like you, can’t wait for normality to return.
For those of you who are wondering what we intend to do with regards to pitch fees, our position is as follows:
Despite the above, we want you to know that we have already been discussing this topic (and others, which have been raised as a result of the unprecedented situation that we are facing) with other park owners on the island. Although those talks are on hold for the moment, we have agreed to continue once the parks re-open with a view to coming up with a reasonable compensation for whatever period it turns out to be.
We are sorry that you are unable to use your caravan for the time being, but given the frightening casualty rates we hope that you are happy to do your bit for the country and NHS by staying at home and keeping safe.