The popular resort Bluestone has issued an update to all holidaymakers following the latest announcement from the Welsh Government on coronavirus restrictions.
On Monday [September 14, 2020] significant changes came into force across Wales as First Minister Mark Drakeford tightened rules in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Face coverings are now mandatory in all indoor public places for those over the age of 11, unless you have a reasonable excuse not to wear one, while gatherings indoors have been limited to six people at anyone time.
What’s more, all six people must belong to the same exclusive extended household group, although children under 11 will not be included in the rule of six.
Many with staycations and holidays planned across the UK will now be wondering what this means for their bookings.
If you have a holiday booked at the resort in Pembrokeshire, Bluestone has shared a list of places holidaymakers will have to wear face coverings while onsite.
• The Booking Office
• Bike and Buggy Hire
• Newton Stores
• Gift shops (Giftorium/Emporium/Wave Shop)
• Tŷ Coffi
• The Chippy
• The Serendome (all areas, unless seated for food)
• The Oak Tree Restaurant (until seated)
• The Farmhouse Bar and Grill (until seated)
• The Knight’s Tavern (until seated)
• Camp Smokey (until seated)
• The Blue Lagoon: Guests will have to wear masks upon entering the building and while getting changed. Masks can be removed once guests get to the locker.
Bluestone said: “The legal requirement from the Welsh Government does not currently apply to restaurants or public outdoor areas, but for consistency across the resort – and for the comfort and wellbeing of our guests and staff – we are asking all guests to wear face coverings at Camp Smokey and in the Serendome as well.
“In restaurant areas and Camp Smokey, guests will be required to wear a face covering until they are seated at a table, at which point it can be removed.
“We are conducting a review of our activities to consider where face coverings will likely need to be worn by our guests. We would advise guests to keep face coverings with them at all times in case they are needed. Children under 11 and visitors with certain health conditions that prevent the wearing of face coverings are exempt from these measures.”
When it comes to the new groups of six rule indoors, Bluestone has said it will work with guests who are affected to change their break as needed.
Bluestone has said it “may well be possible to move larger groups into multiple smaller lodges” or, alternatively, advised guests to refer to their Coronavirus Booking Guarantee which allows holidaymakers to amend or cancel breaks with a full refund, between 5 and 21 days prior to arrival.
In England the rule of six also came into force on September 14, however it applies both indoors and outdoors.
The rule does not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than six who will still be able to gather together.
For those that have a short-break booked, here’s what some other UK holiday resorts have said about the new rules.
Center Parcs UK
Center Parcs has asked parties over six from more than one household to refer to their Booking with Confidence promise which gives various options including a full refund or the opportunity to move your break to a different date in the future.
It said: “We ask guests to check the latest government guidelines to see if the ‘Rule of 6’ announcement impacts their break. Groups of 6 or less will be unaffected.”
A statement on the website reads: “From Monday 14th September, the UK Governments have made changes which may have an impact on your forthcoming break.
“Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to accept bookings of over six people in any accommodation, unless:
“They are members of the same household (i.e. family with over six people living in the same house)
“They are part of a household support bubble (i.e. a single person with a family)
“We are able to accept bookings of up to and including six people from multiple households.
“Please note that while you may not be staying in accommodation with another family but are on a break together, you are not permitted to join together in groups larger then six in indoor or outdoor locations.”
In a lengthy statement no Twitter, Pontins explained what to do if you are a party of more than six.
It said: “If your party is more than six people please call our sales team who will review your request and offer advice accordingly.
“Our Coronavirus Book with Confidence Guarantee is still in place, which will allows you to amend or cancel your break with a full refund between 3 and 28 days prior to arrival.”
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