UPDATE ON WOODLANDS PARK & CORONAVIRUS
UPDATE ON WOODLANDS PARK & CORONAVIRUS

23/03/2020

To the Owners of holiday homes / caravans sited on Woodlands Park, Gilfachreda, New Quay, Ceredigian, Wales, SA45 9ST.

These are unprecedented times. Here at Woodlands Park we all have a responsibility to consider not just ourselves but to the people of our country, the local community and on Woodlands Park.

We are having to make decisions and take actions which were unimaginable just a few weeks, days and hours ago.

We hoped to continue operating Woodlands Holiday Park to the best of our ability.

It is with great sadness and on the Governments advice that we have made the decision to temporarily close Woodlands Park and all the facilities within the park* with effect from 6pm Today Monday 23rd of March 2020 until at least Thursday 30th of April 2020, and we will be continually reviewing our re-open date in line with the Governments advice.

* Please note at the time of writing the Clubhouse remains open for takeaways & Woody’s shop is still operating to provide essential services for local people.

(The Government has now urged the public to stay at home and limit all but essential travel and it cannot be stressed enough how vital this advice is, essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk).

This has been a very difficult decision to make for the Holland Family, however we feel we all need to play our part to help increase social distancing measures and for the safety of holiday home / caravan owners and our staff during these unprecedented times. We would like to thank you all in advance for your patience and understanding.

Hopefully this will allay some fears (please note! I was only aware of the following statement late last night after I personally searched the internet and Facebook):

[Coronavirus: Challenges arising from sudden surge in tourism 22 March 2020-:

The leaders of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire County Councils have consulted with leaders at; Hywel Dda University Health Board and MPs and AMs across the Hywel Dda region in preparing the following statement:

 ‘as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses, it is crucial we all play our part in tackling this disease in what is an unprecedented challenge in modern times.

In particular it is extremely important that everyone follow advice from the Government to slow and stop the spread of the virus and that we all do everything we can to support our essential public services, especially our NHS.

The Government has now urged the public to stay at home and limit all but essential travel and it cannot be stressed enough how vital this advice is.

One major concern that we are starting to witness is an influx of tourists into West Wales and the consequences this may have in the coming weeks and especially the serious risk that there will be an overwhelming, unnecessary pressure on our services and supply chains.

 As strong supporters of the tourism and hospitality industry here in West Wales, we fully understand the huge and grave challenges facing the sector and why some businesses may want to take this opportunity to bring in visitors at this time.

However, our absolute top priority is the need to stop the spread of this virus and also to protect our NHS from increased pressures that tourism brings at a time when they will be stretched to the absolute limit.

 In line with official Government advice therefore and also in recognition of the interests of the resident population here in West Wales, it is with great regret that we are taking an unprecedented step and asking people not to come on holiday to Ceridigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire at this time.

We are collectively exploring every avenue to support all businesses affected by this crisis but the overriding concern has to be to keep people safe and well.

Please do not underestimate the risk this disease presents and we would urge you to take all appropriate steps to keep you and your family safe, and also help those who live and work here in West Wales stay safe and well.

We promise you that Ceridigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire will be just as amazing places once this is all over and we are looking forward to the day in the near future when we are once again welcoming everyone back’.]

This statement has been issued on behalf of the following:

David Simpson, Pembrokeshire County Council Leader. Emlyn Dole, Carmarthenshire County Council Leader. Ellen ap Gwynn, Ceredigion County Council Leader. Maria Battle and Hywel Dda University Health Board Chair.

 

We (Holland parks) as Owners of Woodlands Park are asking / telling all private owners of holiday homes / caravans NOT to stay or allow anyone to stay in your holiday homes / caravans at this time and to be sensitive towards the views and needs of the local community and NHS. We are expecting the Government to give us more guidance very shortly. We hope there will also be some guidance about those using their holiday homes / caravans as their home-: (albeit we believe that this is not the case here on Woodlands Park as we believe that all holiday homes / caravans are being used solely for holiday or recreational purposes only)

The time for you to leave in a safe and orderly way is now.

 If there is any reason why you cannot leave, you need to discuss that with us immediately by phone or email-: the telephone numbers for Woodlands Park are-: 01545 580239 (park office) or 07880 605782 for myself (Alec Holland) the email address is-: info@woodlandsnewquay.co.uk if you do send an email please copy to my email at info@hollandparks.com.

Over the last few days and hours, there has been an increasing and understandable concern in the local communities towards the owners of second homes and caravans, as well as holiday visitors. The government’s clear guidance is that there must be no unnecessary or non-essential travel.

We ask private owners who are not on Woodlands Park NOT to come to our park, and if you are on Woodlands Park PLEASE GO HOME NOW. We are following the Governments advice and so we are closing to protect you and the wider society.

Once again we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff for all of their hard work, patience and understanding and of course, our loyal Holiday Home / Owners Owners.

The safety and well-being of our owners and staff is our number one priority, this is a difficult time for us all and urge you to co-operate during this challenging period.

At present We are confident we should be ready to resume business just as soon as the crises passes and look forward to welcoming you all back to Woodlands Park, please stay safe and well and look after each other.

 

Alec and Tina Holland and all The Holland Family and Jacqui Daniels (park manager)

 

 

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