It’s a positive move but I wouldn’t book a stay. For me I’d rather avoid the signage and social distancing and volumes of rules altogether and either get away somewhere in my camper van or better still hit the hills with my tent. You can’t get further away from the post covid lockdown restrictions and their visible manifestation, the hastily drawn up and laminated guidance sheets, than the complete social isolation of a wild camp…

This is what the YHA have to say:

‘Following Tuesday’s Government announcement, we’re excited to confirm our plan for a phased reopening of our amazing spaces from 17th July. With the weather the way it is, we’re really feeling the appeal of a sunny summer staycation. If you are too, we want to reassure you that guests’ health and wellbeing is top of our priority list.

Since the start, we’ve done all we can to act cautiously, in consultation and with great care. And we’ll continue to do that.

From 17th July, we will reopen a number of hostels in England. Regulations differ for Wales, but the Welsh Government has indicated that we should plan on reopening there from the same time.

We’re pleased to say that all available accommodation is now open for booking on our website. You’ll find the best availability the sooner you book so, if you’re ready for a YHA summer getaway, be sure to act fast.

To give you confidence and peace of mind, we have published our plans for ensuring guests’ safety, along with answers to frequently asked questions and our booking flexibility guarantee.’

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