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Welcome to the Coronavirus Hub (Last Updated: 03/07/20)

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 webpage is being updated constantly. So please keep an eye on the information categorised to the right-hand side, where you will find FAQs and where applicable, a list of British Marine members who are able to provide you with 1-2-1 support.

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.

Kick start for tourism businesses - 3 July 2020

New support has been announced by the UK Government. This includes a £10 million fund for SME tourism businesses in England. Eligible parties will receive grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can use the funds to pay for professional advice such as human resources, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new technology and online systems or purchase new equipment. More information on this new grant and details of how to apply can be found here

UK Government confirms all forms of boating in England to restart from 4th July

British Marine is delighted to confirm that from the 4th July, all forms of boating, including skippered charter and passenger boat operations can recommence, subject to all relevant COVID-19 guidance being followed.

In a statement issued to British Marine today (1.7.20), DEFRA said:

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government’s priority has been, and remains, to save lives. Following the latest announcement by the Prime Minister on 23 June, which marked a significant further easing of the lockdown restrictions to come into effect on 4 July, the Government has decided to withdraw the guidance on ‘Using a boat inland and on the coast’ from 4 July. 
 
Latest Government guidance on COVID-19 can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Individuals and boating operators are responsible for conducting a risk assessment drawing on the relevant sources of Government guidance on COVID-19. In particular operators and individuals should consider:
Working Safely during coronavirus
Staying alert and safe (social distancing) after 4 July
Meeting People Outside Your House
Staying Safe Outside Your Home
Safer transport guidance for operators
Safer travel guidance for passengers 
Phased return of outdoor sport and recreation
 
You will also be aware of the local lockdown in Leicester. The Canal and River Trust have issued guidance for waterways in Leicester. 
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus/local-lockdowns

British Marine would also encourage members to visit our COVID-19 Back to Business pages for specific sector guidance as well as the Government’s guidance for the visitor economy.
 
British Marine understand that from the 4th July, a revised statement on the existing Government guidance website will be made to confirm it does not apply.

Holiday hire set for restart in every region of UK - statement made on 23 June 2020

The Prime Minister has announced a further easing of restrictions across England which will be welcome news for many of our member businesses. 

Speaking to MPs, Boris Johnson said that “from 4 July, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation.”

British Marine supports the statement from the UK Government and understands that the announcement does include overnight stays on boats. Therefore, overnight stays are permitted from 4 July. At this time, we understand this to include the hire of craft by two households as long as they adhere to the new social distancing guidance. However, we are waiting for the UK Government to confirm its guidance where there is more than one household which intends to hire a boat. We were pleased to see the Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston confirm in a tweet that households can now book a boating holiday. 

The revised social distancing guidance says that people should remain two metres apart where it is possible. Where it is not possible, the guidance now says that a distance of one metre or more should be observed and further mitigation should be taken to reduce the risk of transmission. 

The announcements made by the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations over the last few weeks mean that more tourism-related activity will recommence shortly.

Every region of the UK now has a timetable and an expected date to work from. In Scotland, the tourism industry is set to reopen on 3 July. In Wales, more self-contained accommodation is expected to reopen from 13 July and in Northern Ireland the re-opening of some self-catering accommodation is set to start on 26 June.  

The full statement from the Prime Minister can be read here. Further guidance for the visitor economy has now been published which our members can read here

What help is available from the Government? 

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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The MCA updates MIN 612 with further guidance on surveys and certification during Covid-19

22 Apr 2020

The Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) has updated and re-released MIN 612 Covid-19 - MCA approach to survey and certification of UK vessels.

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Further Government Support for SMEs and Highly Innovative Companies

22 Apr 2020

Earlier this week the UK Government announced two further measures to support businesses affected by Covid-19.

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Share your heart-warming stories amid the Covid-19 crisis

22 Apr 2020

During these unprecedented times, there are numerous positive and heart-warming tales of businesses and individuals from across the marine industry innovating and supporting their communities in response to Covid-19.

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The HSE releases new e-bulletin with latest Covid-19 advice and information

20 Apr 2020

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released a new e-bulletin covering latest Covid-19 advice and information.

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Watch the Covid-19 webinar again

16 Apr 2020

The Covid-19 Industry Briefing and Q&A webinar hosted by British Marine last Thursday is available to watch again here.

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Are you ready for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

15 Apr 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will launch on Monday 20 April 2020, with the first claims set to be paid within six working days.

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MCA releases information on the UK Government additional financial support to assist cadets

15 Apr 2020

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has released a Marine Information Note (MIN) on the support for maritime training (SMarT) during the Covid-19 period.

Notices

The Export Control Joint Unit of the DIT issues two Notices to Exporters

15 Apr 2020

The Export Control Joint Unit of the DIT issues two Notices to Exporters concerning the impact of Covid-19.

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The PLA releases a safety bulletin for mooring inspections

15 Apr 2020

The Port of London Authority has released a safety bulletin regarding mooring inspections during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Changes made to the Covid-19 Business Interruption Loan Scheme

08 Apr 2020

British Marine would like to make its members aware of changes regarding the eligibility criteria for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBIL), which is open to viable businesses with a turnover of no more than £45 million.