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UK Government confirms all forms of boating in England to restart from July 4

Published on: 02 July 2020


British Marine is delighted to confirm that from July 4, all forms of boating, including skippered charter and passenger boat operations can recommence, subject to all relevant COVID-19 guidance being followed.
In a statement issued to British Marine yesterday, DEFRA said:
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government’s priority has been, and remains, to save lives. Following the latest announcement by the Prime Minister on 23 June, which marked a significant further easing of the lockdown restrictions to come into effect on 4 July, the Government has decided to withdraw the guidance on ‘Using a boat inland and on the coast’ from 4 July.
Latest Government guidance on COVID-19 can be found here. Individuals and boating operators are responsible for conducting a risk assessment drawing on the relevant sources of Government guidance on COVID-19. In particular operators and individuals should consider:

You will also be aware of the local lockdown in Leicester. As a result, the Canal and River Trust has issued guidance for waterways in Leicester. You can read it here.
British Marine would also encourage members to visit our COVID-19 Back to Business pages for specific sector guidance as well as the Government’s guidance for the visitor economy.
British Marine understands that from July 4, a revised statement on the existing Government guidance website will be made to confirm it does not apply.
For members wishing to stay up-to-date with the latest developments on COVID-19, please visit our dedicated Coronavirus Hub.