Center Parcs has revealed that that all villages will be reopening from July 13
The move follows the government relaxing Covid-19 regulations to allow domestic holidays to resume from July 4.
However, the Center Parcs’ water parks across its five sites in the UK will be closed until July 27 while the company awaits government advice over the use of swimming pools.
The majority of the company’s 8,500 staff have been supported by the government’s job retention scheme during a four-month closure.
The company is now bringing employees back to work “and deliver a comprehensive training programme around new ways of working and safety procedures”.
Center Parcs said: “After an almost four-month closure due to the global coronavirus pandemic, we cannot wait to welcome our guests and staff back to the forest.
“In line with government guidance, you will see some changes to the way we do things once we reopen.
“Our team of experts have reviewed everything we do, right down to the smallest detail, to make sure we’re keeping you and our staff as safe as possible.
“We know many of you are looking forward to some family time away following lockdown and our aim was always to open our forests as soon as we felt prepared to do so.
“As we’re sure you will expect, when we first open, some facilities won’t be available but as soon as we can, we will.
“We plan to review government guidelines on a regular basis and open additional facilities as and when we know we are ready.”
Chief executive Martin Dalby said: “Although it was disappointing to have to close our villages, it was the right thing to do to keep our guests and staff safe.
“The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant effect on the whole country and we always said we would only reopen once we were 100% satisfied it was safe to do so.
“We’ve had our teams working around the clock to review everything we do, right down to the smallest detail, and we‘re now ready to open our doors again.
“Those families who have visited us before will notice some changes to the way we’re doing things, but the essence of a Center Parcs break will remain the same, offering a fantastic short break experience with plenty of space within our 400 acres of natural woodland.”
Dalby added: “We know how disappointing it will be for some families that the Subtropical Swimming Paradise isn’t open during their break. We have been planning the changes needed to maintain social distancing and we look forward to reopening these facilities as soon as we are able to do so.
“However, we know that so many families have been looking forward to their breaks and we are so pleased to be open for the summer.
“Closure has been a huge undertaking and something of this scale has never been done in the history of our business.”
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