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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/ membership@britishmarine.co.uk). 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.

[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

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.

England and Scotland announce national lockdowns and the Chancellor announces new financial packages

England and Scotland announce national lockdowns and the Chancellor announces new financial packages

06 Jan 2021

Boris Johnson has announced that England will go into a full national lockdown from the 5 January 2021. This will replace the tiered system until further notice. This means that there is a stay at home notice unless for essential reasons.

Ban on business evictions extended until March 2021

COVID-19: Ban on business evictions extended until March 2021

08 Dec 2020

The Communities Secretary has confirmed that measures to protect businesses from eviction will be extended until March 2021.

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2021 dates announced for Southampton International Boat Show

04 Dec 2020

British Marine, the organiser of the Southampton International Boat Show, confirms that the 52nd edition of the UK’s largest watersports festival will take place from 10th - 19th September 2021

Boat maintenance

COVID-19: Travel guidance received for essential boat maintenance in England

03 Dec 2020

As England moves back into the COVID tier system, British Marine has received confirmation from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) regarding Tier 2 and 3 travel guidance for essential boat maintenance.