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TYHA/British Marine Statement - 13 May 2020 - Boating is back in England!
British Marine is delighted to confirm that, from today, all forms of watersports, including the use of privately-owned motorised craft, can go ahead.
In guidance issued this morning (13 May 2020), Government have confirmed that;
“All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.”
This follows the publication, earlier this week, of Government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy for England which provided key information regarding what the population can do away from their homes. This included:
- As well as exercise, spending time outdoors
- Exercise outside as many times each day as people wish
- Driving to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance
- Day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle
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.
Although Government restrictions on outdoor activities have been lifted, many of our member’s facilities have not had the time to implement the measures set out by government to safely manage the gathering of people on their sites.
British Marine would therefore urge all boat owners to consider the following before they plan a day trip to their boat:
- Plan ahead – ensure the safety of those around you and try to avoid areas that may attract lots of people.
- Check with your mooring provider before you travel. Be aware that many facilities may not yet be able to open and this could affect services such as fuel and pump out stations.
- Only use your boat if you can apply social distancing at all times, including when mooring your vessel to leave a safe distance from others.
- Travel with members of your household only, if no one in the group is displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
- You may only meet with people that are not within your household if you apply social distancing. You should not meet with more than one person outside your household
- Be aware of the impact on emergency services if you were to get into difficulties. Think about what action you will take if your boat breaks down – recovery services may not be operating
- Apply all normal sensible safety precautions and always wear a life jacket when on deck.
- Pubs and restaurants are not allowed to open as normal – although some may offer takeaway services. Check with any businesses you wish to visit before you leave home.
- Be caring and considerate of local residents who may be nervous about the risks of increased numbers of people in the area.
It should also be noted 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. Hire and charter operations also need to remain closed until the Government announces further guidance - British Marine will continue to update this page as that position develops.
British Marine 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 can confirm that the Canal & River Trust and the Broads is able to welcome boaters back from today. On the Canal & River Trust waterways short boating trips can take place – avoiding use of locks and any staff-operated structures if possible – providing, as per current government guidance, boaters do not stay away from home overnight and return to home moorings (where possible).
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.
This statement supersedes the Covid-19 guidance for TYHA & British Marine members 26th March 2020 (version 2).
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What is the current advice?
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised Britons to avoid non-essential contact, stop all unnecessary travel and work from home wherever possible.
- British Marine understand that cases of COVID-19 are expected to rise in the coming weeks which may have implications for our members and their day-to-day operations. The situation is constantly evolving which means the Government’s advice may change in the future.
- We would like to reassure our members that we are monitoring the situation closely and will post regular updates on this page as the situation develops. We therefore encourage our members to check back regularly for updates. The Environment Agency has posted advice for boaters which can be found below.
What help is available from the Government?
Latest update on finance:
On 2 April 2020 the Government put in place a series of measures to prevent lenders from requesting personal guarantees on loans under £250,000. British Marine is pleased to see this and welcomes the announcement of a new Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme to support businesses with a turnover between £45m and £500m. Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to ensure our members understand what support is available to them and work with them to manage the impact of the virus on their business.
British Marine would encourage its members to visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions for further information on the support available and details of how they should access this support.
Full details of the measures announced by Government can be found here.
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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