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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.

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Industry support for BOATS2020 with member donation of PPE visors

26 Aug 2020

As BOATS2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Ltd approaches, British Marine is delighted to report that the event is receiving exceptional support from the industry in many ways.

Domestic passenger vessels exempt from having gatherings of up to 30 people

Domestic passenger vessels exempt from having gatherings of up to 30 people for charter groups

26 Aug 2020

The Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed to British Marine that passenger vessels taking charter party bookings are exempt from the maximum 30 people gathering under SI 2020 No. 684.

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The HSE publishes guidance on self-isolation, test and trace and DSE workplace safety

24 Aug 2020

As businesses begin to return to work, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidance for Test and Trace.

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Managing a heatwave in the workplace - COVID19 guidance and Brexit Business Preparation

13 Aug 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued guidance for the workplace with a focus on the exceptionally hot weather we are currently experiencing.

Boats 2020

Boats 2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Ltd

06 Aug 2020

British Marine is delighted to announce that Southampton International Boat Show Ltd will present Boats 2020 at Mayflower Park, Southampton from 11 – 20 September 2020. This outdoor and on the water event will be a not-for-profit showcase of boats and equipment. The health, safety and security of exhibitors, visitors and colleagues will be its number one priority.

British Marine members come together to help protect and sustain marine environments

British Marine members come together to help protect and sustain marine environments

30 Jul 2020

British Marine members Sunseeker International and Wave International are working together to ensure Sunseeker boat owners enjoy the finest quality fresh water on board whilst protecting and sustaining the marine environment through a range of filter systems now being fitted on all its new build boats.

UK Government announces more grants for small business to support COVID-19 recovery

UK Government announces more grants for small businesses to support COVID-19 recovery

30 Jul 2020

The UK Government has announced £20 million of new funding to support small businesses as they recover from COVID-19.

Have Your Say: Complete the British Marine survey on proposed changes to red diesel entitlement

Have Your Say - Complete the British Marine survey on proposed changes to red diesel entitlement

29 Jul 2020

British Marine is now inviting your feedback on HMRC’s proposals to remove the red diesel entitlement for use in private pleasure craft.

British Marine publishes Economic Impact Calculators for its members

British Marine publishes Economic Impact Calculators for its members

29 Jul 2020

British Marine’s Public Affairs, Policy & Research team have published a range of easy-to-use economic impact calculators for British Marine members to download and use to quantify their business’s economic output.

Maritime UK launches Diversity in Maritime BAME Network

Maritime UK launches Diversity in Maritime BAME Network

29 Jul 2020

British Marine is pleased to share the news that Maritime UK, the umbrella body for the £46bn maritime sector, has today (Thursday 30 July) launched a BAME in Maritime Network as part of the Diversity in Maritime programme.