Private Berth Holders Update

Updated 3.11.2020, 12:00

Dear Berth Holder,

Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We appreciate your co-operation during this time.

As you may be aware, the UK Government have now updated their guidelines regarding travel:

11. Travel

You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make. However you can and should still travel for a number of reasons, including:

  • travelling to work where this cannot be done from home
  • travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
  • hospital GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
  • visiting venues that are open, including essential retail
  • exercise, if you need to make a short journey to do so

If you need to travel we encourage you to walk or cycle where possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel.

Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes, but this means people cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.

You must not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

If you need to use public transport – to travel to work for example – you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes the rules on wearing face masks and advice on car sharing.

For those planning to travel into England, you should check the current travel corridor list to see whether you need to isolate for 14 days. You will still be required to abide by the restrictions set out here even if you do not need to isolate. If you do need to travel overseas from England before 2 December (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.

British nationals currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.

UK Government website – Coronavirus Update 5th November 2020

Please also see the latest from the EDP where they have spoken to the EDP:

The Broads Authority have urged people to ‘winterise’ their boats by Thursday.

They said: “We strongly advise that private boat owners take steps to ‘winterise’ their boats (if required by the owner) before November 5.

“We recognise the concern that this may cause boat owners and we are urgently seeking clarification on whether this activity will be permitted.”

Read more about the new lockdown and the Broads National Park here.

Additionally, the Broads Authority have met with DEFRA officials who have stated there are no exemptions for boating over the four week lockdown in relation to maintenance of boats, overnights to support maintenance of boats and boat brokerage. With this in mind, you must not visit the marina during the 4-week lockdown period so if you have essential maintenance to carry out please ensure you complete this before November 5th 2020.

We will review this when the UK Government review the lockdown.

Kind regards,

Paul Richardson

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