Jun 30, 2020
Popular New Forest campsites to stay closed until next year because of hygiene concerns
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TEN campsites across the popular New Forest are remaining closed for 2020 despite the lockdown easing from Saturday.
Last week, Boris Johnson announced that hotels, caravan parks and campsites can open from July 4 across England.2Campsites across the New Forest are to stay closed for the rest of the yearCredit: Alamy
However, camping and caravan sites Camping in the Forest will not be opening after warning that they were not able to do so safely.
They announced in a statement: "We are sorry to say that our Camping in the Forest sites will remain closed for the rest of 2020.
"After careful review, it was clear that our forest campsites posed unique challenges, meaning that we would be unable to meet our high hygiene standards and adhere to government guidance on new measures around the running of campsites."
This means more than 3,000 pitches across 10 campsites in the New Forest will remain closed until next year.
Many fear this could lead to "absolute armageddon" of illegal campers and crowds turning up in the area anyway.
Some fear similar scenes seen at Bournemouth Beach last weekend could happen.2Locals fear the closure will result in large crowds of illegal campers and anti-social behaviourCredit: Alamy
Private caravan park owner Richard Frampton, also a former member of New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority, told local media: "This is going to cause absolute armageddon in the Forest.
"We're going to have wild camping everywhere. We're going to be getting fires, and we're going to be getting litter."
He added: "We've already seen what Bournemouth beach looks like."
Another local said: "They’ll continue to camp illegally, light bonfires, use the Forest as a toilet, leave piles of rubbish, and park where they like in ever increasing numbers as the summer builds."
A Forestry England said they hoped that they would "reconsider" to avoid illegal campers and anti-social behaviour in the area.
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Caravan parks and campsites are letting wild patches of tall grass grow between pitches to make sure holidaymakers stay 2m apart.
The new ‘wildlife corridors’ are one of many new features being introduced to holiday parks to follow new social distancing and hygiene guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hoseasons, who specialise in luxury lodges, said they were taking bookings every 11 seconds just hours after the government announcement regarding tourism, according to Sky News.Boris Johnson announces that campsites in England will be able to open again on July 4
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After four years as an anchor, reporter and fill-in traffic anchor, Eva Zymaris said Thursday, July 9 was her last day with the station.
Zymaris called her departure "bittersweet."
"To our viewers at home, I could never thank you enough for welcoming me into your homes each morning and for supporting me every step of the way," Zymaris said in a statement posted to her Facebook page. "It's been an honor to share your stories - and I'll carry them with me, always."
She has not publicly disclosed her next career move.