The UK’s largest caravan park operator has announced they are closing all of their holiday parks until the 1st May 2020 over the coronavirus crisis.
Parkdean Resorts, which owns Southview Holiday Park in Skegness and has a total of 67-holiday parks across the country has said the park will be closed to holidaymakers to combat the spread of coronavirus.
The company has reassured those working at their holiday parks that there will be no redundancies due to the closure and all team members will continue to be paid.
Chief executive officer Steve Richards said: “Parkdean Resorts has 67 parks across the UK and our company plays a big role in local communities, whether it be through investment, tourism or employment.
“As such, we have been in conversation with community leaders, customers, and our people, and have decided to delay the launch of the season. We are very sorry to the many holiday makers who were hoping to spend their Easter break with us, but I hope they understand why.
“We will continually and closely review the Government’s guidance and hope to welcome people on the parks from 1 May.
“As our parks are based in areas that rely on tourism, I would, therefore, like to reassure anyone working for Parkdean Resorts, and the communities they live in, that no one will be made redundant as a result of coronavirus, and we will be paying 100 per cent salary.
“As Parkdean Resorts was gearing up for the Easter holidays, we have a significant amount of perishable food on the park which will now be donated to local community food banks.”
Before the announcement was made today, hundreds of caravan owners who rent out their vans to help pay their site fees reported they were struggling financially due to all the cancellations.
It is not yet clear if Parkdean Resorts will close the park to caravan owners in the near future, but at the moment the parks are still open to owners.