Coronavirus Alert Levels

26 November 2020

Dear Holiday-Home Owner

Coronavirus outbreak - continued closure from 2nd December due to Tier 3 Very High alert level

As you will know from reports in the media, when the second Lockdown ends on 2nd December, England will immediately revert to a three-Tier alert level system.

The new Tiers will be in place from Wednesday 2nd December. Accommodation including holiday and touring parks must close in Tier 3 with the same exemptions as the second lockdown.

Government have today confirmed the East Riding of Yorkshire will be a Tier 3 area and therefore Longbeach must unfortunately remain closed. The Tiers will be reviewed every two weeks. We will write again shortly when the Tiers are first reviewed.

We have outlined what people can and cannot do (relevant to park business) in each Tier below:

Travel:

• If you live in a Tier 1 area you may travel to a Tier 2 area and should follow the rules for that area while you are there.

• If you live in a Tier 2 area, you may travel to a Tier 1 area and must continue to follow Tier 2 rules when you travel to a Tier 1 area.

• If you live in Tier 1 or 2, you should avoid travel to or overnight stays in Tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.

• If you live in a Tier 3 area, you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible. You should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.

Social contact:

• People in Tier 1 will be able to gather in groups of up to 6 (or larger if from a single household) indoors or outdoors.

• People in Tier 2 will be able to gather in groups of up to 6 outdoors but must only socialise within their own household/support bubble indoors.

• People in Tier 3 must only socialise within their own household/support bubble indoors and in most outdoor areas, though they are able to meet in outdoor public spaces, including parks, gardens, and outdoor heritage sites in groups of up to 6.

Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants:

• In Tiers 1 and 2, the 10pm closing time for hospitality will be changed to last orders at 10pm with venues closing at 11pm to allow the safer dispersal of customers.

• In Tier 2, hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.

• In Tier 3, hospitality venues are closed – they are permitted to continue sales only by takeaway, click-and-collect etc.

Many thanks for your continued understanding.  

Stay safe, and with every good wish.

Laura Firth

Director


5 November 2020

Dear Holiday-Home Owner

Coronavirus outbreak – closure exceptions

Following my letter of 3 November regarding the closure of Longbeach during the second COVID-19 national lockdown, Government’s COVID guidance for Hotels and Guest Accommodation was updated last night to include lockdown requirements.

This now reflects the general guidance and confirms, ‘Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed - including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home or caravan…’

‘Accommodation providers should only open for those who:

• are unable to return to their main residence

• use that accommodation as their main residence

• need accommodation while moving house or attending a funeral

• need to self-isolate as required by law

• need accommodation for the purposes of their work, or children who need accommodation for the purposes of education

• are elite athletes, their coach or (in the case of an elite athlete who is a child), the parent of an elite athlete, and need accommodation for the purposes of training or competition

• are currently in that accommodation at the time when national restrictions come into force

• are visiting from abroad on holiday or for work purposes

• are being provided accommodation to relieve homelessness’

It confirms, ‘if people are currently on holiday and it is not reasonable for them to curtail their stay, they may finish their holiday as planned; the duration of stay should only be as long as reasonably necessary and they should return home as soon as practical. People must comply with the ‘stay at home’ requirements …’

I would like to thank you for complying with Government measures and returning to/remaining at your main residence, we know this is not easy and the times we are living through are testing.

We will now be reviewing the small number of owners who remain on park to ensure their circumstances align with the Government’s exception list above.

We look forward to seeing you again in December when the COVID infection risk is under control and sustainable, and in the meantime we are busy looking after the park, refurbishing the kitchen and undertaking staff training in order for us to re-open the Barn promptly following lockdown.

Many thanks for your continued understanding.

With every good wish,

Laura Firth

Director


3 November 2020

Dear Holiday-Home Owner

Coronavirus outbreak - closure

As you will all know, the UK Government have announced a further national lockdown from 5th November until 2nd December 2020 to bring the Coronavirus infection rise under control.

The Government have said holiday parks must close with only a limited number of individual exemptions which will be set out in law. We are still awaiting more information from Government as to what these individual exemptions are and as soon as we receive this, we will write to you further.

We spoke to East Riding of Yorkshire Council yesterday who are also awaiting further clarification; however, they did say that they believe Government’s exemption list is going to be stricter than it was during the first lockdown.

We ask holiday-home owners on the park not to stay in your holiday caravan at this time and to be sensitive towards the views and needs of the local community and NHS.

We ask holiday-home owners who are not on the park not to come here, and if you are on the park please go home. We are following the Government’s guidance so closing to protect you and wider society.

Please arrange to leave the park by Wednesday 4th November at 4pm.

If there is any reason why you cannot leave, you need to discuss that with us now.

If you remain on the park and your circumstances do not fit the Government’s exemption list (once it is published) we will have no option but to take the matter further.

I urge you to continue to follow the law and Government Guidelines and co-operate at this difficult time please.

Many thanks for your continued understanding.

With every good wish,

Laura Firth

Director


22 October 2020

Dear Owner

Coronavirus – update on restrictions in England

Sadly, we find ourselves writing with further updates following Governments most recent changes to restrictions in the effort to control the ongoing pandemic, and consequently how the new regulations affect you when visiting your holiday caravan or the Parks facilities.

New Alert Levels

As you are no doubt all too aware, Government has announced three new local COVID alert levels:

• Medium - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-medium#visiting-other-venues-including-shops-restaurants-pubs-and-places-of-worship

• High - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high#visiting-other-venues-including-shops-restaurants-pubs-and-places-of-worship

• Very High - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high

Longbeach is currently in a medium area which means that the rule of 6 applies indoors and outdoors and that the Barn is closing at 10pm.

What the new Alert Levels means for Longbeach

The Government’s travel advice is very important if you are considering having a holiday at Longbeach.

If you live in a Very High area, the Government is asking you ‘to avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK’ (except for work) and ‘not to leave the very high alert level area to stay in a second home’.

Therefore, if you live in a Very High area you shouldn’t be holidaying at Longbeach.

In High areas, the Government’s message is that ‘You can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but you must only do this with people in your household or support bubble.’

Therefore if you live in a High area, you may still come to Longbeach but you must only holiday with people in your household or support bubble and you must be mindful of this and you should be ensuring that you do not mix with others inside the Barn.

If the Longbeach area were to be moved into the Very High level, we understand that the Government would ask ‘everyone who lives elsewhere to avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area where possible, except for those who need to for work, education or caring responsibilities’ which would mean that any overnight holidays would have to be cut short and you would have to return home.

Our expectations of you

We are continually monitoring the latest information from Government and we are following the advice from our trade association, the British Holiday & Home Parks Association.

We ask all of our customers to comply with the new laws and Government guidance for the area which you live in.

If you would like to check the alert level for your area please visit the following Government webpage and type in your postcode https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions 

Any customer who chooses to travel to the Park from a Very High area, or from a High area and you holiday with people from outside your household or support bubble or mix indoors in the Barn with anyone other than your household or support bubble, will sadly put us in a position where we will be left with no option but to contact the local Environmental Health Team or the police, particularly if you have broken the law.

Just so that you are aware, any caravan owner would be in breach of the terms of the behaviour standards as set out in the licence agreement with us if you were to commit a criminal offence, created by the Government to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

If you were to commit such an offence, we would construe the breach as serious entitling us to terminate your agreement straight away and to require that you remove your caravan from the Park.

It is important to us, our other customers and the local community here at Hornsea and the local NHS to ensure that we play our part in minimising the spread of the coronavirus and this is why we will consider the breach a serious one.

Even if no criminal offence is committed, but there has been a breach of the guidance (as opposed to the law) we will be entitled to write to you with a warning letter highlighting the behaviour standards in the context of antisocial behaviour but also in respect of the provision not to act in a discourteous manner towards us. We are highlighting in this letter our expectations of you and if you disregard any Government guidance (or our own procedures for that matter) we will be writing to you accordingly.

We take this opportunity to ask you to review the behaviour standards as set out in your licence agreement and the provisions on when we may terminate your licence agreement so that you understand the legal basis upon which we might have to write to you either with a warning or to end your licence agreement.

We sincerely hope that we will not have to take any action due to anyone’s disregard of the law or the guidance in place to help protect all of us.

This has already been an emotionally overwhelming year for us all, and our staff have worked tirelessly to keep everyone on the Park as safe as possible. We have followed every bit of guidance from Government to the letter and will continue to do so. You have also played your part in following the law and Government Guidelines and working with us to keep you, our staff and others safe – for this we thank you. However, please can we now ask that you adhere to these new regulations when visiting the Park, and that you do not put us in the position where we must seek assistance from the local Environmental Health Team or the police, and/or have to consider whether or not to terminate your licence agreement.

Stay safe, and with every good wish.

Laura Firth

Director