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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.

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/ We offer a wide range of services including legal advice, technical guidance and crisis management support.

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?

British Marine can advise its members that Step 3 will begin no earlier than 17th May. At this point, and provided the conditions are met, 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. Organised gatherings and events will be permitted both indoors and outdoors, subject to the conditions set out above.

British Marine also understands that the social distancing guidelines will be reviewed no later than Step 3 which will, in turn, impact the maximum capacity on vessels. 

Pubs and restaurants will be reopened indoors, as well as hostels and hotels and the Government will pilot larger events using enhanced testing.

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. 

For further information on the Prime Minister's roadmap and associated statement, please click here


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.

Back to business guidance documents now available

Back to business guidance documents now available

28 May 2020

The first of British Marine’s sectorial 'Back to Business' guidance is now available for members.


COVID-19 Back to Business Guide for inland hire and charter operations goes live

28 May 2020

As part of our ongoing COVID-19 work to help the industry get back to business, British Marine, with the support of members, have produced the latest guidance document for hire boat and charter operations.

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British Marine’s next webinar: Managing employees during COVID-19

28 May 2020

British Marine’s weekly webinar series continues on Thursday 4 June at 11am, with COVID-19: Managing employees during COVID-19. Members are encouraged to sign-up for free.

ICOMIA releases updated COVID-19 State of Industry report

ICOMIA releases updated COVID-19 State of Industry report

28 May 2020

ICOMIA, the international body for the leisure marine industry, has updated their COVID-19: State of the Industry report.

UK Government set to introduce 14-day quarantine for arrivals

UK Government set to introduce 14 day quarantine for arrivals

27 May 2020

The Home Office has confirmed that new measures will shortly be in place at UK borders to prevent further cases of COVID-19.

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Important beach safety warning from RNLI - help spread the word

26 May 2020

RNLI lifeguards would usually be starting to patrol the UK’s beaches around now. But, because of COVID-19, they have had to suspend their lifeguard programme.


Reminder: Submit your claim for the COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Scheme

26 May 2020

Earlier this week, the UK Government’s COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Scheme went live.

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Scottish Parliament: First Minister publishes ‘route map’ detailing phased approach to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

21 May 2020

Earlier today First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out details of the Scottish Government’s Lockdown ‘route map’.

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UK Government offers larger loans under Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

20 May 2020

UK Government offers larger loans under Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

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COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay repayment portal to launch next week

20 May 2020

The COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Scheme will officially launch on Tuesday 26 May.