Holidays: New lounger rules could spark ‘sunbed wars’ when Britons travel to Europe

Holidays: New lounger rules could spark ‘sunbed wars’ when Britons travel to Europe

The coronavirus lockdown means most Britons will be forced to cancel their summer holidays. When travelling to popular destinations such as Spain does start again, holidaymakers could be faced with battles for sunbeds. TUI has announced new social distancing measures into hotels. 

As the coronavirus crisis continues, travel bans are being enforced in countries all over the world.

While some European countries could reopen hotels within weeks, Britons are advised against leaving the country.

This means summer holidays and weekends away have been cancelled at what is usually a busy time for travelling.

When holidaymakers are able to travel again, they could be faced with new challenges when booking into hotels.

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Many Britons enjoy catching rays in sunny destinations such as Spain, Turkey and Greece.

A lot of holidaymakers will fill their days abroad relaxing and lounging by the pools.

When travel for holidays is allowed again, lots of people could book in for this kind of holiday in similar locations.

Reserving a prime sunbed by the pool can be a challenge at the best of times, with many waking up early to reserve a chair.


However, finding the perfect spot could be made even more difficult with new social distancing rules.

To prepare for holidays returning to normal, some hotels have started to look at new social distancing and hygiene measures.

Staff at TUI resorts – which are based in destinations such as Spain and Greece – will be rearranging beds to keep distance between guests.

Sun loungers will be placed in designated spots with space between them, meaning there could be fewer beds available.

If following the social distancing measures in place in the UK, loungers could be as far as two metres apart.

TUI will offer the beds on a first come, first served basis and holidaymakers will not be allowed to move them.

A TUI spokesperson told “We determine specific positions for the sun lounges to ensure the required distances and disinfect before new guests occupy them.

“Sunbeds are positioned by staff and guests are not allowed to move them to other areas.

“Our staff [are] trained well and will inform our guests about the new procedures.

“In many hotels guests also have the opportunity to book spacious daybeds in advance, but this has been implemented before as an additional service (for a fee) and is not part of the current measures.

“We will use several areas of the resorts – pool, garden, beach – for the positioning of the sunbeds to provide a wide range of options.”

Published at Thu, 21 May 2020 21:14:00 +0000