Parkdean Resorts closes its West Norfolk sites at Heacham and Hunstanton
Holiday parks in Heacham and Hunstanton have been closed by the UK's largest holiday park operators Parkdean Resorts in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The company confirmed its West Norfolk sites closed on Sunday and will remain so until at least May 1.
But its CEO Steve Richards has stated that no one employed at the parks will lose their wages. He said: "As our parks are based in areas that rely on tourism, I would therefore like to reassure anyone working for Parkdean Resorts, and the communities they live in, that no one will be made redundant as a result of coronavirus, and we will be paying 100 per cent salary."
Parkdean Resorts will be offering a full refund to people who had booked in the affected period or the option to roll their booking, with a credit voucher worth 120 per cent of the original booking.
It means that all facilities and all touring and camping provision on the sites are cancelled until May 1 and access to parks will be denied to third parties and controlled as normal by security teams.
Mr Richards said: “Parkdean Resorts has 67 parks across the UK and our company plays a big role in local communities, whether it be through investment, tourism or employment.
"As such, we have been in conversation with community leaders, customers and our people, and have decided to delay the launch of the season. We are very sorry to the many holiday makers who were hoping to spend their Easter break with us, but I hope they understand why.
“We will continually and closely review the Government’s guidance and hope to welcome people on park from May 1.
“As Parkdean Resorts was gearing up for the Easter holidays, we have a significant amount of perishable food on parks which will now be donated to local community food banks.”
Last month Parkdean Resorts announced it was investing £80 million UK-wide with Manor Park and Heacham Beach holiday park set to benefit from a major investment of more than £210,000 from that sum.
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