NFAN has always enabled the farm park industry to collaborate, share ideas and connect. With the challenges of Coronavirus, this is now needed more than ever.
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In addition to the government’s guidance below, it is recommend you download and review the NFAN’s reopening guidance, designed specifically for the farm attraction sector.
Our thanks has to Gwen Evans (Cantref), George Hogg (Wynford) and Hannah Wafula (Bocketts) for compiling this document, plus our special advisors who reviewed it before circulation.
Guidance differs in England, Wales Scotland & Ireland.
Obviously, reopening means adhering to social distancing, doing pre-opening hygiene tests and producing covid-19 risk assessments. We’d recommend you speak to both your EHO and insurance company prior to reopening.
Farm parks in England reopened on Monday 15 June but with heavy restrictions, however, from 4 July, outdoor play was allowed, alongside animal petting. Please note both are allowed to reopen as long as social distancing measures are undertaken.
Visitor attractions in Northern Ireland are now allowed to reopen including outdoor play and animal petting. Indoor Soft Play can reopen on August 7th. You can view Northern Ireland’s reopening guidance here.
Scottish farm attractions have been allowed to open with outdoor play and no restrictions on animal petting. Indoor attractions can reopen on 15 July, however, further clarity is needed for indoor/soft play. Scotland have now moved to phase 3 of the Scottish route map to reopening. Worthy of note, Scotland have now removed all social distancing for children 11 years or younger.
Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen on on 6 July, with animal petting and from 20th July, outdoor play. Indoor Attractions can reopen on 13th July, but alas this doesn’t include soft play. Camping can resume from the 25th July and government reopening guidance is now available.
For those insured, join our Whats App Business Insurance Claims Group. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to join
For those who have not yet had a successful claim, Michelmores Solicitors have shared a document with NFAN of policy wording they believe may give you a claim. Michelmores are a top 100 Law firm and have offices in London, Exeter and Bristol..
Facebook Group: The Facebook Group is open to all members and we’d strongly recommend you join to participate in all group discussions or simply to receive the huge amount of information being shared.
To gain access, contact us from your company’s email and provide us with the email associated with your personal Facebook page. We will then set up for you to join. Just email us at email@example.com
Weekly NFAN Zoom Group Chat: Most Friday’s at 7pm, we run an informal Zoom Group Video Call. This weekly call is open to all NFAN Farm Park and Trade Members. We usually get 60 different farm parks joining; all sharing and collaborating.
The link and password to join the Zoom Group Chat is emailed out every Thursday and also added to the NFAN Facebook Group. Please contact the NFAN office to check you are on the email circulation list.
In the words of Tom Robinson, NFAN’s Chair:
” The Chancellor’s announcement to add flexibility to furlough and drop the rate of VAT was one of our lobbying objectives. We were certainly on the same page as many other lobbying groups and trade associations. It is sometimes as simple as ‘many voices get heard’. Thanks to all those members who shouted!…“
NFAN are not finished with lobbying. Whilst the government measures to date have been very welcome, the industry needs more support through the winter months. In addition to furloughing beyond October, other current asks include the extension of the payback period for the CBILS and Bounceback loans and a short term reduction in VAT.
Obtain a 1-2-1 Phone Call
If you wish to speak to one of our committee about your plans, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. They won’t be able to provide professional advice but will be able to discuss in more detail how others are approaching the situation and in fact, explain their own decision making.
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