England bombards Wales' holiday camp with booking requests as lockdown is eased

The easing of lockdown in England resulted in one of Wales' biggest holiday parks being inundated with booking requests. The manager of Golden Sands in Rhyl, one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers, said calls have increased since Boris Johnson announced changes this side of the border. Laurie Clark, general manager of Golden Sands, told North Wales Live some callers didn't believe him when he explained the situation was different in Wales.

New guidance from Mr Johnson is at odds with regulations in Wales, where people can now go out more than once a day to take exercise, but in the vicinity of their own homes, Wales Online reports. But Mr Clark said he had received up to 40 calls from people keen to book a stay - despite remaining fully closed. He said: "Some people just couldn't understand it, and were questioning it as they said Boris Johnson was the Prime Minister of the UK so why would it be any different in Wales?

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"Some didn't even believe me, and I can imagine things getting a bit nasty with all this confusion.

The caravan owners just want to come back to the park. "Others wanted to book holidays, and we've had a few who want to stay here whilst working in nearby factories in Ellesmere Port and so on." In England, people can now travel for exercise if they want to, and some businesses are being allowed to open.

The differences between the English approach, and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland's approach, has already created confusion. Mr Clark added: "We remain fully closed, with additional gates in place plus extra security and CCTV to assist with strict government guidelines."

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He said at present there are 10 mobile homes on the site being used by NHS key workers, or people who have been allowed to stay on the site during the lockdown as they have health issues. He said usually at this time of year there are 2,000 people on the site.

"I'm and a few members of staff are also living on site, and this has also caused some ill-feeling in the local community," said Laurie. "People have received abuse in local shops and so on, and been told they shouldn't move off the site. It's a difficult time for everyone."

Arfon Jones, North Wales' police boss has voiced concerns it could lead to a new influx of visitors to Wales, and called for fines to be upped to ?1,000.

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