TYHA/British Marine Statement - 12 May 2020
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On 11th May 2020 the UK Government published their COVID-19 recovery strategy which provided key information regarding what the population can do away from their homes. The strategy identifies that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside, therefore the Government has updated the rules (subject to social distancing protocols) so that:
- As well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors
- People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish
- People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance
- Day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle, are permitted
Considering this in the context of the UK Governments COVID-19 Recovery Strategy and associated documents, British Marine and TYHA conclude that the re-opening of marinas (like golf courses), for leisure boating customers, is now permissible subject to the strict compliance to social distancing and hygiene guidelines provided by government.
Customers will be able to visit their boat for basic maintenance and preparing for the season ahead.
It should be noted however that the government does not permit the population to leave their homes to ‘stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose’ this suggests that staying overnight on a boat must not happen.
Although Government restrictions on outdoor activities will be lifted from tomorrow (13th May 2020), many of our member’s facilities have not had the time to implement the measures set out by government to safely manage the gather of people on their sites. British Marine would encourage all berth holders to contact their mooring provider ahead of any travel to ensure the facility is open.
British Marine also understands that inland navigation authorities and harbour authorities will also have to consider the Government’s latest guidance in respect of what activities will be permitted across all parts of the UK and how they themselves will return to operation. British Marine expect specific Government advice to be published very shortly confirming that certain on-water activities and water sports will be able to start, however certain activities on different navigations may still face restrictions.
Guidance for the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland differs and therefore marinas that operate in the UK outside of England should remain closed to leisure customers until they are permitted by their government to open.
British Marine will provide further information from Government as soon as this has been made publicly available.
This statement supersedes the COVID-19 guidance for TYHA & British Marine members 26th March 2020 (version 2).