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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.

15/06/2021 - Boris Johnson announces 4 week delay to stage 4 of the roadmap

12/04/2021 - England enters Step 2 of Covid-19 route map (see below)

26/03/2021 - Further clarification on England’s roadmap out of lockdown and what the milestone dates mean for you and your business

05/03/2021 - COVID19: Reopening of the marine industry in England further update (see below)

02/03/2021 - COVID19: Reopening of the marine industry in England (see below)

22/02/2021 - PM sets out roadmap for easing restrictions (see below)

Don't forget, our Membership Services team is also fully operational and on standby to take your calls (01784 223663/ membership@britishmarine.co.uk). We offer a wide range of services including legal advice, technical guidance and crisis management support.


Prime Minister announces a 4 week delay to the final easing of restrictions

On Monday Boris Johnson announced that there will be a four week delay to the final relaxing of COVID restrictions from the 21st of June to the 19th of July.

Since the 17th of May, England has been in stage 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown . All Covid restrictions will be lifted when England enters stage 4 of the roadmap, this had been due to take place on the 21st June 2021 but is now scheduled to happen on the 19th July 2021 although a midway review will take place to see if the restrictions can be lifted earlier.

In general the restrictions will now stay the same as the stage 3 restrictions although some changes are being made in the following areas:

    • weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
    • commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
    • large events pilots
    • care home visits
    • domestic residential visits for children

The UK’s government guidance has been updated to reflect the above changes and can be found here.

Of particular interest to the marine industry hospitality sector the changes include the following:

  • Weddings, Civil Partnerships and Commemorative Events

From 21 June, the rules on the number of people who can attend a wedding or civil partnership ceremony, a wedding reception or civil partnership celebration, and a commemorative event following a funeral such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering, will change.

The number of people who can attend these events in a COVID-Secure venue or other venue (such as a garden of a private home) will be determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event.

A marquee or other structure in a private garden of a private home must have at least 50% of its walled area open at any time for it to be classed as “outdoors”, and for the limit based on safe capacity to apply.

Inside private homes, and in enclosed structures in gardens of private homes, weddings can only be held in line with broader social contact rules of up to 6 people or 2 households, except in the case of an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover (‘deathbed weddings’). These can take place in private dwellings with up to 30 people.

Some restrictions on these events will remain in place to enable them to take place safely. This includes table service requirements, face coverings, social distancing, and restrictions on dancing and singing, as at present.

For those organising weddings in gardens of private homes or on private land, you will need to make your chosen venue as safe as possible. If you plan on having more than 30 people, you must complete a COVID-19 risk assessment to determine how many attendees will be able to attend, and follow Government guidance to make the event as safe as possible. Guidance on how to complete the risk assessment will be provided.

Prime Minister announces further easing of restrictions in England - 12/05/2021

Earlier this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that further lockdown restrictions will be eased from Monday 17 May. This coincides with England moving from Level Four to Level Three in its alert system. 

From next Monday, people can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors. Six people, or two households can meet indoors with overnight stays allowed.

Changes to the rules also mean that up to 30 people can attend weddings, receptions and other significant life events. 

For the leisure industry, restaurants are allowed to serve customers indoors and hotels, hostels and B&Bs can re-open. 

England enters Step 2 of Covid-19 route map - 12/04/2021

Today, England has entered Step 2 in its route map of out lockdown. Below we explain what this means for different sectors in the marine industry. 

Passenger boats:

Passenger boats which are not operating as public transport providers can now accept group bookings.

Skippered "trip" boats:

Multiple groups are now permitted on skippered boats, however our members should be aware that each individual booking must adhere to the Rule of Six or two households rule. Where boats are partially enclosed, attendees may only go indoors to access/use the toilet. The skipper does not count towards the Rule of 6 or the two households limit.

Outdoor gatherings or events, organised by a business, charity, public body or similar organisation, can now be organised, subject to specific conditions: that they comply with COVID-Secure guidance including taking reasonable steps to limit the risk of transmission, complete a related risk assessment; and ensure that those attending do not mix beyond what is permitted by the social contact limits (unless another exemption exists, such as for work purposes, or supervised activities for children). This will enable skippered boats to accommodate larger numbers, provided businesses ensure that people do not mix beyond groups of 6 people or two households.

Day Hire Boats:

Hire boat businesses were permitted to open their outdoor premises to hire day boats from 29 March, subject to COVID-19 Secure guidance and the applicable social contact limits at each step of the Roadmap. However, this is provided the Rule of Six is followed or the boat is hired out to two households. Single households are permitted to go indoors on the vessel, whereas two households are not permitted to do so and must only go indoors for limited reasons, such as to use the toilet. 

 

Holiday hire:

 

This is now possible as England has entered Step 2. This is provided there is a single household occupying the boat. Operators should check at the point of booking that all hirers are from the same household or have formed a bubble.

 

Boat Sales:

 

Premises used for the sale of boats, including outdoor areas, are now permitted to reopen in line with the easing of restrictions for non-essential retail. You may wish to refer to the Business Closures guidance which sets out the position on click and collect for vehicle hire.

 

What next?

Step 4 is scheduled to begin no earlier than 21st June; this is when the UK Government expects to remove all legal limits on social contact, weddings and other larger events. 

      

COVID-19: Reopening of the marine industry in England - 02/03/2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22 February outlining the roadmap of when restrictions are likely to be eased across England, British Marine met with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to clarify the guidance. Members can read and download the following file which sets out which forms of activity can resume and when. 

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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.

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British Marine holds positive discussions with the Law Commission regarding weddings on boats

28 Oct 2020

On Tuesday 27 October, British Marine and the Law Commission held a roundtable meeting with representatives of the Passenger Boat Association (PBA) to discuss potential changes in law which would allow wedding ceremonies to take place onboard boats.

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Join us for our next COVID-19 webinar - What the recent changes mean to your business

27 Oct 2020

The next British Marine COVID-19 webinar will take place on 5 November at 11am.

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Update to the COVID-19 Microsite

14 Oct 2020

The Prime Minister has set out how the UK Government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three-tiered system of local COVID-19 alert levels in England.

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BOATS2020 update

30 Sep 2020

Since the cancellation on Thursday 10 September, at 18.34, the night before BOATS2020 was due to open, British Marine has been working extremely hard across two key areas.

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COVID-19: Chancellor extends sector VAT cut and announces new Job Support Scheme

24 Sep 2020

Today, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak made a statement setting out further economic measures to support businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19.

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BOATS2020 appeal to Secretaries of State rejected

17 Sep 2020

BOATS2020 which was due to take place from 11-20 September 2020 and was cancelled on the evening of Thursday 10 September, despite having a licence which was issued on 28 July, and having been setup to the strict requirements of Southampton City Council’s Public Health England COVID-19 secure requirements, has failed in its appeal to the Secretaries of State for Public Health and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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Rule of six set to have a significant impact on the private charter of passenger vessels

16 Sep 2020

The recent announcement and implementation of the new ‘rule of six’ in England has reversed the private hire side of the passenger vessel industry’s exemption of the 30-person cap on gatherings.

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COVID-19: High Court rules could change position on business interruption pay-outs

15 Sep 2020

British Marine understands that this week the High Court ruled that some insurance companies should have made pay outs to businesses in relation to COVID-19.

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COVID-19: New legal employer responsibilities as part of Test and Trace

15 Sep 2020

From Friday 18 September some types of businesses will have an additional legal requirement to collect contact information for staff, customers and visitors.

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New grants of up to £5 million for businesses available to support the green recovery

15 Sep 2020

The Government has announced that grants from £50,000 to £5 million are now available to help the nation to recover in a greener way from the COVID-19 pandemic.