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.
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Prime Minister announces the end of COVID-19 restrictions - 15/07/2021
Earlier this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would move to Step 4 in its route map.
Speaking alongside the chief scientific adviser and chief medical officer he said that whilst more restrictions were being lifted we could not simply revert to life as it was before COVID-19.
The Prime Minister also said that whilst the requirement for social distancing was being lifted, he expected and recommended that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces to help limit the spread of the virus.
As a result of the changes, from the 19 July there will be no restrictions on the numbers that can meet – including in both indoor and outdoor settings. In addition, the restrictions on the number of people which can attend weddings and funerals will be removed. Large-scale events will not require certification and table service at bars and restaurants will not be mandatory.
Our members should note that whilst the Government requirement to work at home is being relaxed from this date, ministers do not expect the whole country to return as soon as possible. Further guidance for businesses will be issued over the summer on a gradual return to the office.
British Marine members can read the announcement in full here.
Our members should note that the devolved administrations have adopted different approaches and this advice therefore only applies to England.
Conducting a risk assessment
Members should also note that it is a legal requirement for businesses to undertake a risk assessment process to help mitigate the risks of Covid-19 for their staff, customers and contractors. The Health and Safety Executive has a dedicated webpage designed to help businesses complete this. You can find more information on risk assessments and what you need to do here.
We would advise boaters to check the latest advice from their navigation authority before travelling.
Guidance on marina responsibilities from the Department for Transport
British Marine has sought clarification from DfT on the publication of international travel advice and the requirement to check COVID-19 measures have been followed by international travellers.
Following our engagement with the department, we can confirm that there is no requirement for marinas to check border measures have been followed by persons onboard pleasure craft when they arrive in the UK. If there is a requirement for Border Force to attend they will check the border requirements and take any appropriate action if needed.
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.
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.
08 Dec 2020
The Communities Secretary has confirmed that measures to protect businesses from eviction will be extended until March 2021.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.