Welcome to the Coronavirus Hub
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 page shows the latest headline announcements made by the UK and the devolved nation governments. For full details of the latest restrictions for each devolved nation please see the devolved nations tab on the right hand side.
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.
Prime Minister announces the end of COVID-19 restrictions - 15/07/2021
Earlier this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would move to Step 4 in its route map.
Speaking alongside the chief scientific adviser and chief medical officer he said that whilst more restrictions were being lifted we could not simply revert to life as it was before COVID-19.
The Prime Minister also said that whilst the requirement for social distancing was being lifted, he expected and recommended that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces to help limit the spread of the virus.
As a result of the changes, from the 19 July there will be no restrictions on the numbers that can meet – including in both indoor and outdoor settings. In addition, the restrictions on the number of people which can attend weddings and funerals will be removed. Large-scale events will not require certification and table service at bars and restaurants will not be mandatory.
Our members should note that whilst the Government requirement to work at home is being relaxed from this date, ministers do not expect the whole country to return as soon as possible. Further guidance for businesses will be issued over the summer on a gradual return to the office.
British Marine members can read the announcement in full here.
Our members should note that the devolved administrations have adopted different approaches and this advice therefore only applies to England.
Conducting a risk assessment
Members should also note that it is a legal requirement for businesses to undertake a risk assessment process to help mitigate the risks of Covid-19 for their staff, customers and contractors. The Health and Safety Executive has a dedicated webpage designed to help businesses complete this. You can find more information on risk assessments and what you need to do here.
We would advise boaters to check the latest advice from their navigation authority before travelling.
Guidance on marina responsibilities from the Department for Transport
British Marine has sought clarification from DfT on the publication of international travel advice and the requirement to check COVID-19 measures have been followed by international travellers.
Following our engagement with the department, we can confirm that there is no requirement for marinas to check border measures have been followed by persons onboard pleasure craft when they arrive in the UK. If there is a requirement for Border Force to attend they will check the border requirements and take any appropriate action if needed.
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.
16 May 2022
Following the huge success of the inaugural London Luxury Afloat boat show, organisers British Marine are delighted to announce it will be back, bigger and better in 2023.
09 May 2022
Following the release of the MAIB’s report yesterday (05 May 2022) investigating the incident onboard the hire boat motor cruiser, ‘Diamond Emblem 1’, on the Broads in August 2020, which tragically resulted in a fatal overboard accident, a number of recommendations have been made to stakeholders to minimise the risk of a tragedy of this nature happening again.
19 Apr 2022
We are just days away from the first ever London Luxury Afloat showcase when some of the most luxurious sail, power and superyachts will be descending upon the iconic St. Katharine Docks, London (21-24 April).
14 Apr 2022
With just one week to go until the first ever London Luxury Afloat showcase, tickets are still available offering discerning boat buyers a unique opportunity to view some of the very best in high end, luxury sailing, motor and superyachts in the heart of the capital.
17 Mar 2022
British Marine, the team behind the hugely popular Southampton International Boat Show, is delighted to unveil London Luxury Afloat a brand-new showcase event aimed at the discerning boat buyer featuring more than 30 well-appointed sailing, motor and super yachts from leading brands including Oyster, Sunseeker, Fairline, Pearl Yachts and Azimut.
17 Mar 2022
The inaugural British Marine National Conference concluded yesterday (16 March) following a jampacked two days full of inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and celebrations.
17 Mar 2022
As part of the inaugural British Marine Conference, marine businesses and professionals from across the UK were celebrated at the British Marine & Boating Business Awards.
08 Mar 2022
With less than a week to go until the inaugural British Marine National Conference (15-16 March, NCC, Birmingham) additional tickets have now been made available due to popular demand, so make sure you don’t miss out on all the conference has to offer.
08 Mar 2022
British Marine have handpicked a selection of cutting-edge third-party companies and industry experts to bring attendees at the National Conference (15-16 March, National Conference Centre, Birmingham) the British Marine Members Hub offering FREE business advice and guidance sessions.
18 Jan 2022
British Marine are delighted to announce that the former Shadow Chancellor, academic, author and broadcaster Ed Balls will be presenting an essential keynote speech, forecasting the future economic landscape for the marine industry.