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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.

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

03/11/2020 Updated Guidance for Marina Operators from TYHA and British Marine

15/10/20 - Maintaining records of staff customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace - Operations Guidance

15/10/20 - Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus - Financial Guidance

13/10/20 - Visa Guidance - Operations Guidance

13/10/20 - Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme - Financial Guidance

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.

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 specific to the leisure marine industry. Representatives from the Department for Transport, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, navigation authorities, and user groups from across the sector also took part in the meeting. Members can read and download the following file which sets out which forms of activity can resume and when. 

British Marine is delighted that from 8 March watersports, including the use of privately-owned craft and self-drive day hire boats for single households, can go ahead in England (subject to local navigation and harbour authority guidance). This is provided the boats are 'open air'. Furthermore, it has been concluded that marinas can open from 8 March to allow recreational boating to take place and boat brokerage can open in line with non-essential retail from 12 April.

Prime Minister sets out timeline for easing of restrictions - 22 February 2021

Earlier this afternoon the Prime Minister set out details of when further restrictions are likely to be eased across England.

The lifting of restrictions is expected to happen in four separate steps. The roadmap will also be measured against four tests. England will only move into the next step if these tests are satisfied.

The four tests are:

  • The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • The risk is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern. There will be 5 weeks between each stage. Details of each stage can be found below.

Step 1:

8th March: People can meet one other person in public spaces for outdoor recreation in addition to exercise. However, for persons which are clinically vulnerable the advice is to remain at home until the end of March.

29th March: The rule of six will return outdoors, including in private gardens. In addition to this, two households of any size will also be allowed to meet outside.

Outdoor sports facilities will reopen and people will no longer be legally required to stay at home, but should still work from home where possible.

Step 2 will begin no earlier than 12th April

This and subsequent steps could be delayed based on the data.

However, assuming the four tests are met:

Non-essential retail will reopen; and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will reopen. Holiday lets may resume – provided they are used for individuals or a single household.

Outdoor restaurants can open.

Step 3 will begin no earlier than 17th May 

Most restrictions on meeting outdoors will be lifted, subject to a limit of 30 being imposed. Six persons will be able to meet indoors from this date.

Pubs and restaurants will be reopened indoors, as well as hostels, hotels, and B&Bs. Theatres and concert halls will reopen, and the Government will pilot larger events using enhanced testing.

Step 4 will begin no earlier than the 21st June

We understand that the Government's ambition is to remove all legal limits on social contact and on weddings and other larger events from this date. 

For further information on the statement, please click here

British Marine will be engaging closely with key stakeholders over the coming weeks and seeking clarity on the advice issued today. We will issue further guidance as soon as we are able to.      

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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Prime Minister sets out timeline for easing of restrictions in England with advice for boaters and marine industry expected imminently

25 Feb 2021

Earlier this week the Prime Minister set out details of when further restrictions are likely to be eased across England.

COVID-19 guidelines for marine brokerages

COVID-19 guidelines for marine brokerages

17 Feb 2021

It has come to British Marine’s attention that there have been some instances of leisure marine boat brokers continuing to arrange physical viewings with clients onboard vessels and we would like to remind our members of the current guidelines and applicable law.

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UK Government announces new £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

15 Feb 2021

The UK Government has announced a new £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures and Rules of Origin requirements.

COVID-19: Latest update on restart plans

COVID-19: Latest update on restart plans

10 Feb 2021

On 27 January, the Prime Minister announced that in the week beginning 22 February the UK Government will set out a roadmap to re-open the economy, society and to begin returning as close to normal as possible.

[Member News] UKSA’s ambitious accommodation project given the green light

[Member News] UKSA’s ambitious accommodation project given the green light

03 Feb 2021

UKSA, the non-profit maritime charity, is thrilled to announce that plans for its new 136 -bed accommodation centre have now been approved with work commencing on site from the beginning of February.

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Register now for our upcoming webinar on Apprenticeships

03 Feb 2021

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, British Marine is pleased to announce that its next webinar will take place on Thursday 11 February at 11am and focus on everything a marine business needs to know about apprenticeships.

UK Government expands workplace testing programme to include more employers

UK Government expands COVID workplace testing programme to include more employers

03 Feb 2021

British Marine is sharing the latest information on the UK Government’s Workplace Testing programme.

ISO releases standard for working safely during a pandemic

27 Jan 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world of work upside down and employers are faced with challenges never seen before.

Additional marine sector training and qualification opportunities in Scotland

[Member News] Additional marine sector training and qualification opportunities in Scotland

27 Jan 2021

British Marine Scotland member, You & Sea Ltd, an RYA Marine Training Centre in the West of Scotland, has gained SQA Approved Centre status and the ability to deliver the SQA Level 3 Award in Maritime Studies: Radar and Electronic Chart Systems in Code Vessels.

COVID-19 National Lockdown Guidance from TYHA

COVID-19 National lockdown guidance from TYHA

06 Jan 2021

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country and therefore the Prime Minister has told the English population that new lockdown rules have been put in place with immediate effect.