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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.

UK government announce new Tier rules for England’s exit from lockdown on 02_12_2020

The UK Government announces new Tier system and rules starting on 2 December for England

26 Nov 2020

The Government has announced that a renewed and slightly tweaked three Tier system will be replacing England’s national lockdown on 2 December 2020.

Scotland to move 11 areas into the most restrictive Tier 4 measures

Scotland to move 11 areas into the most restrictive Tier 4 measures

19 Nov 2020

Scotland has announced that from 20 November 2020, 11 areas will be moving into the most restrictive COVID-19 prevention measures known as tier 4.

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British Marine Digital Autumn Expo hailed a success

16 Nov 2020

The British Marine Digital Autumn Expo 2020 drew to a close yesterday (12 November) after freshly energising the UK industry with three days of learning and networking. In a year when meeting in person has been difficult, 404 participants from across the industry and the United Kingdom came together online to collectively reflect on the past year, discuss current challenges and prepare for future opportunities.


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Another great day at the British Marine Digital Autumn Expo! Join the last day tomorrow.

11 Nov 2020

The second day of the British Marine Digital Autumn Expo saw 124 participants join in. It included another well-attended morning networking session and a fantastic workshop on how to secure free financial business support.

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British Marine Digital Autumn Expo kicks off in style​

10 Nov 2020

British Marine Digital Autumn Expo kicks off in style​. Day 1 of the British Marine Digital Autumn Expo drew to a close, 156 participants logged on throughout the day to take part in a packed schedule of webinars.

UK Government announces England to go into national lockdown on 5_11_2020 for four weeks

England to go into national lockdown today for four weeks

04 Nov 2020

England is set to go into another national lockdown today, the 5 November 2020. The UK Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close.

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British Marine holds positive discussions with the Law Commission regarding weddings on boats

28 Oct 2020

On Tuesday 27 October, British Marine and the Law Commission held a roundtable meeting with representatives of the Passenger Boat Association (PBA) to discuss potential changes in law which would allow wedding ceremonies to take place onboard boats.

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Join us for our next COVID-19 webinar - What the recent changes mean to your business

27 Oct 2020

The next British Marine COVID-19 webinar will take place on 5 November at 11am.

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Update to the COVID-19 Microsite

14 Oct 2020

The Prime Minister has set out how the UK Government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three-tiered system of local COVID-19 alert levels in England.

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BOATS2020 update

30 Sep 2020

Since the cancellation on Thursday 10 September, at 18.34, the night before BOATS2020 was due to open, British Marine has been working extremely hard across two key areas.