This week the government rolled out the most strict measures so far in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. On top of many states closing their borders the government has restricted outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 2 persons. With the exception of immediate family or members of the same household.
Understandably for many of us who had outdoor holidays planned, this has caused a lot of dismay and confusion as to what’s allowed. Especially as we approach the Easter break.
On March 30, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia announced that the latest restrictions have lead to the closure of a number of caravan parks. National and state associations are currently lobbying the government for clarifications and exemptions. However, at this stage are still strongly advising against recreational travel. Particularly discouraging travelling over the Easter break, which is ordinarily a peak season for the caravanning industry.
Some parks, including Big4 are currently open for “essential travel”, with varying restrictions from state to state. Australians who permanently reside on the Big4 grounds are, in most states, permitted to stay. Another exemption is for residents of the given state whose ordinary accommodation is not currently available. The Big4’s website’s most recent update provides a detailed run down of the current permissions and restrictions.
Unfortunately the overarching theme of these new restrictions is that stays in caravan parks for recreation is not permitted.
Some governing bodies, including parks and recreational government departments, are offering refunds for bookings dates after the 22nd of March. Therefore, if you have booked a stay for after this date, check with the associated business or relevant governing body for your right to a refund.
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