Private Berth Holders Update

Dear Berth Holder,

Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We appreciate your co-operation during the period of time we needed to close the marina following UK Government guidelines.

As you may be aware, the UK Government have now updated their guidelines regarding privately-owned motorised craft, and this is as follows:

“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. You can continue to use towpaths for walking, running and cycling, being mindful of other users and people living in boats along the water.”

Taking this into account, this does mean shortly we will be able to reopen the marina to private berth holders only.

However, whilst the UK Government has lifted restrictions on outdoor activities, we do need time to implement the measures (including signage and safety procedures) outlined by the UK Government in order to ensure the safe and appropriate management of the marina for both our team and our private berth holders. We appreciate your patience in this time.

With this in mind, we intend to reopen the marina to private berth holders only on 20th May 2020.

In the meantime, we urge you to consider the following when planning your visit:

  1. Plan ahead – ensure the safety of those around you and try to avoid areas that may attract lots of people.
  2. 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.
  3. Travel with members of your household only, if no one in the group is displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Apply all normal sensible safety precautions and always wear a life jacket when on deck.
  7. 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.
  8. Be caring and considerate of local residents who may be nervous about the risks of increased numbers of people in the area.

Importantly, we must remind you that the UK Government does not permit the population to leave their homes to ‘stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose’. This means that, in no uncertain terms, you must not stay overnight on your boat.

Thank you for your patience whilst we implement measures to safely manage our marina, and we look forward to welcoming you back from 20th May 2020.

Kind regards,

Clive Richardson

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