Welcome to the Coronavirus Hub (Last Updated: 03/07/20)
Accessible to all, it is here that we will be sharing the very latest Government advice, together with business support tools, guidance and best practice.
This webpage is being updated constantly. So please keep an eye on the information categorised to the right-hand side, where you will find FAQs and where applicable, a list of British Marine members who are able to provide you with 1-2-1 support.
Don't forget, our Membership Services team is also fully operational and on standby to take your calls (01784 223663/ firstname.lastname@example.org). We offer a wide range of services including legal advice, technical guidance and crisis management support.
Kick start for tourism businesses - 3 July 2020
New support has been announced by the UK Government. This includes a £10 million fund for SME tourism businesses in England. Eligible parties will receive grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can use the funds to pay for professional advice such as human resources, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new technology and online systems or purchase new equipment. More information on this new grant and details of how to apply can be found here.
UK Government confirms all forms of boating in England to restart from 4th July
British Marine is delighted to confirm that from the 4th July, 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 today (1.7.20), 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 at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
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:
• Working Safely during coronavirus
• Staying alert and safe (social distancing) after 4 July
• Meeting People Outside Your House
• Staying Safe Outside Your Home
• Safer transport guidance for operators
• Safer travel guidance for passengers
• Phased return of outdoor sport and recreation
You will also be aware of the local lockdown in Leicester. The Canal and River Trust have issued guidance for waterways in Leicester.
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 understand that from the 4th July, a revised statement on the existing Government guidance website will be made to confirm it does not apply.
Holiday hire set for restart in every region of UK - statement made on 23 June 2020
The Prime Minister has announced a further easing of restrictions across England which will be welcome news for many of our member businesses.
Speaking to MPs, Boris Johnson said that “from 4 July, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation.”
British Marine supports the statement from the UK Government and understands that the announcement does include overnight stays on boats. Therefore, overnight stays are permitted from 4 July. At this time, we understand this to include the hire of craft by two households as long as they adhere to the new social distancing guidance. However, we are waiting for the UK Government to confirm its guidance where there is more than one household which intends to hire a boat. We were pleased to see the Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston confirm in a tweet that households can now book a boating holiday.
The revised social distancing guidance says that people should remain two metres apart where it is possible. Where it is not possible, the guidance now says that a distance of one metre or more should be observed and further mitigation should be taken to reduce the risk of transmission.
The announcements made by the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations over the last few weeks mean that more tourism-related activity will recommence shortly.
Every region of the UK now has a timetable and an expected date to work from. In Scotland, the tourism industry is set to reopen on 3 July. In Wales, more self-contained accommodation is expected to reopen from 13 July and in Northern Ireland the re-opening of some self-catering accommodation is set to start on 26 June.
The full statement from the Prime Minister can be read here. Further guidance for the visitor economy has now been published which our members can read here.
Self-drive day boat hire and charter now able to recommence - 11 June 2020
British Marine is pleased to share the latest COVID-19 guidance for inland and coastal boating in England which has been published by DEFRA today. Following the relaxation of lockdown measures, further clarification has been released detailing that from today self-drive boat hire or charter companies can operate again on a day basis.
The public will be allowed to hire or charter a boat for a day with people from their own household or support bubble. Businesses will need appropriate social distancing measures in place, including during boat handovers. Boats must be cleaned thoroughly between users.
TYHA/British Marine Statement - 13 May 2020 - Boating is back in England!
British Marine is delighted to confirm that, from today, all forms of watersports, including the use of privately-owned motorised craft, can go ahead.
The Government has confirmed that:
“All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.”
British Marine would therefore urge all boat owners to consider the following before they plan a day trip to their boat:
- Plan ahead – ensure the safety of those around you and try to avoid areas that may attract lots of people.
- Check with your mooring provider before you travel. Be aware that many facilities may not yet be able to open and this could affect services such as fuel and pump out stations.
- Only use your boat if you can apply social distancing at all times, including when mooring your vessel to leave a safe distance from others.
- Travel with members of your household only, if no one in the group is displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
- You may only meet with people that are not within your household if you apply social distancing.
- Be aware of the impact on emergency services if you were to get into difficulties. Think about what action you will take if your boat breaks down – recovery services may not be operating
- Apply all normal sensible safety precautions and always wear a life jacket when on deck.
- Pubs and restaurants are not allowed to open as normal – although some may offer takeaway services. Check with any businesses you wish to visit before you leave home.
- Be caring and considerate of local residents who may be nervous about the risks of increased numbers of people in the area.
British Marine understands that inland navigation authorities and harbour authorities are working towards a return to full operation.
Guidance for the Devolved Administrations differs and therefore marinas in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should check the respective advice. The UK Government's guidance can be found here.
What help is available from the Government?
British Marine would encourage its members to visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions for further information on the support available and details of how they should access this support.
Full details of the measures announced by Government can be found here.
What is the situation internationally?
The situation abroad and internationally is constantly changing as more countries look to ease restrictions. ICOMIA is compiling weekly reports setting out the latest advice. British Marine would also encourage its members to check this additional guidance which outlines the position in different countries.
How British Marine can help you
We would encourage our members to read the most up to date information and advice from the Government. Members can visit the dedicated NHS webpage which provides further information on symptoms and what to do if you think you might have the Coronavirus.
For advice on hire conditions and cancellations related to COVID-19, members should contact our membership services team for details of the Epoq legal helpline.
Please contact us If your business is affected to ensure we can discuss the support available with you.
The information on this webpage is provided as general guidance. Although British Marine tries to ensure that all of the information is accurate and up to date, this cannot be guaranteed owing to the very fast moving situation. Members should review the Government’s full guidance themselves by following the links in this webpage and should keep up to date with the Government’s latest announcements. The information on this webpage should not be construed as constituting professional advice and we would always advise that members consider seeking appropriate professional advice before taking or refraining from taking any action.
02 Jul 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.
30 Jun 2020
Calling all members! British Marine is conducting research on the economic impact of COVID-19 on marine businesses – and we need your help!
30 Jun 2020
This latest issue shares the stories of how British Marine members have reacted and adapted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
30 Jun 2020
Major maritime employers pledge support for apprenticeships despite pressures resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.
29 Jun 2020
Informa, the organisers of the Monaco Yacht Show confirmed that the event has been postponed until 2021.
26 Jun 2020
Earlier this week, changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme came into effect – meaning you can now claim for flexible furloughing.
23 Jun 2020
The National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) has produced updated guidance for coastal beach managers and landowners, including private organisations, during COVID-19.
22 Jun 2020
Tourism across the UK is now set for a summer return
22 Jun 2020
The UK public look set to take to the water as a safe way to enjoy the ease of lockdown
22 Jun 2020
British Marine member, The Green Blue is teaming up with Ecoworks Marine to support clubs, centres and marine businesses to get back to business safely and sustainably.