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New Lockdown Restrictions – 5th January 2021
Dear Berth holder,
I was hoping to write a more upbeat letter as my opening missive of the New Year, but following the PM’s televised address yesterday evening, we now find ourselves back in lockdown. Whilst this is very unwelcome news, it was not unexpected given the massive increase in Covid infections in some parts of the Country.
It looks as though the lockdown will last at least until mid-February, before reverting to the Tier system. In the meantime we have a moral and legal obligation to uphold the Government’s lockdown regulations to help curb the spread of the virus.
Having received advice from British Marine, our trade association, I am writing to you to explain our modus operandi during the lockdown period:
- Mayflower Marina will remain operational throughout the lockdown period.
- Marina staff shall be on duty 24/7 and shall continue to perform routine pontoon patrols, maintenance, security, administration etc. Furthermore, marina staff will act in the best interests of berth holders when it comes to looking after the boats in our care. We will contact you if we identify problems. If you have any specific concerns, please email email@example.com or call us on 01752 556633 with details. Worried about your lines and fenders? Don’t be! Just buy them online and have them sent to us, or preferably buy them from our new chandler Matt Owen of PR Systems Marine on tel: 01752 270909 (email firstname.lastname@example.org). We will fit your new lines and fenders at nil cost (don’t forget fender lanyards! 1.5m of at least 8mm rope, larger diameter lanyards are required for bigger boats/bigger fenders).
- Unless there is an onboard emergency, we politely request that berth holders stay away from the marina until lockdown restrictions are eased. Whilst asking this of you is completely contrary to the core of what we do, it can be the only interpretation of:
- “You should minimise time spent outside your home. It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.”
- Overnight stays are not permitted on any boat except by residential berth holders (where the boat is their primary residence).
- The marina is not open to visiting boats other than commercial vessels, whose crews must conduct their activities in a Covid safe manner.
- Marina tenants and local marine contractors are permitted to work on marina premises during lockdown. If you think you might want a contractor to do some work on your behalf, might I suggest that you think about making arrangements now, as I suspect the local marine trades are going to be particularly busy in the coming few months. If you are stuck for a specific trade, please get in touch and we will try and point you in the right direction.
- By necessity, our restaurant Jolly Jacks has closed. They will reopen when permitted to do so by Government.
- The marina is closed to members of the public. Regrettably this also includes fishermen who have a permit to fish from the marina (see also information from the Angling Trust)
I have no doubt that in the coming days and weeks there will be revisions to the lockdown regulations and the RYA are already seeking clarification on whether boating is an acceptable form of exercise for people who live close to the water. For the moment I think it better to just sit tight and let the dust settle! I will send out updated information when it becomes available. Please get in touch if I/we can be of assistance.
This is not the best of starts for the New Year, but I am optimistic that it will become a happy New Year once Spring is sprung!
Coronavirus Update – 4th January 2021
Following the announcement by Government on 30th December, Plymouth and the whole of Devon is now a Tier 3 area.
Details of what is permissible under Tier 3 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert. Full details of Government guidance can be found here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
In terms of what this means for Mayflower Marina we have sought industry specific advice from British Marine, our trade association, and the Royal Yachting Association. Our current understanding is as follows:
- Mayflower Marina can remain open.
- Our tenants and contractors can continue to work on vessels at Mayflower Marina.
- For berth holders living in Tiers 1, 2 or 3, restrictions on travel have been lifted so boat owners can travel to the marina to maintain their vessels; however, if you live in a Tier 4 area you should not travel other than for legally permitted reasons.
- Berth holders living in Tier 1, 2 or 3 areas may stay overnight on their boats if essential, but only with members of their household or support bubble.
- For those in Tiers 1, 2 or 3 recreational boating may continue; however, the RYA advise the following: “Our guidance on safe boating remains unchanged: know your limits; look after yourself; keep in touch and, above all, have a plan; we advise boaters to think carefully about these factors.”
- Jolly Jacks has closed in accordance with Government regulation and Sally advises that they will not be providing a takeaway service until the position becomes clearer.
With infection rates rising alarmingly across the UK, we must all continue to act responsibly and observe social distancing to do our bit for society at large, and to help maintain a COVID secure environment at the marina.
We will continue to update you with any changes in Government advice.
COVID Update – 27th November 2020
Following the announcement on Thursday 26th November, we confirm that Plymouth, and indeed the whole of Devon, has been classified as a Tier 2 area effective 2nd December.
Details of what is permissible under Tier 2 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#high-alert. In terms of how this affects marina operations, the most significant changes mean that:
- Berth holders who live in Tier 1 & 2 areas will be able to stay aboard their boats, should they wish to do so. Regrettably however, if you live in a Tier 3 area it appears you should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary – see details here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#very-high-alert
- Jolly Jacks will re-open, subject to certain operating conditions. For those of you who would like to eat out in Jolly Jacks after lockdown, Sally and her team would be delighted to see you, but please remember the capacity of the restaurant has been halved and in the run up to Christmas advance booking is essential to avoid disappointment – Tel: 01752 500008.
- Recreational boating can continue, although the recommendation is that a cautious approach is taken to any on-water activities.
- Contractors may continue to visit boats within the marina for the purposes of undertaking maintenance on behalf of owners.
Whilst for most of us this represents a considerable improvement from the current lockdown restrictions, we must all continue to act responsibly and observe social distancing to help maintain a COVID secure marina environment.
The Government have advised that the Tier status for each region will be reviewed fortnightly and we shall update you with any changes.
COVID Update – 4th November
Following the announcement of a new lockdown commencing 5th November until 2nd December, we have read Government and trade association guidance and issue the following summary in good faith:
- Mayflower Marina will remain operational during the lock down, however the marina is closed to members of the Public.
- Jolly Jacks, our restaurant is closed until 3rd December.
- Our tenants and authorised contractors will still be able to visit the marina for work related purposes.
- Local fishermen, with a permit to fish, will still be able to fish from the marina.
- Local berth holders will be able to visit their boats occasionally during the lockdown period for exercise purposes. Please note that we do not know whether recreational day boating is permitted – see also RYA and British Marine links below.
- Overnight stays aboard vessels are not permitted unless your boat is your primary residence.
The above information is subject to change.
More generally, we urge you to adhere to the National and Industry specific guidance as detailed below:
Full details of the Government lockdown restrictions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november
Royal Yachting Association advice can be found here: https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/coronavirus-advice-and-information-for-recreational-boaters.aspx
British Marine advice can be found here: https://www.britishmarine.co.uk/Services/Representation-and-Promotion/Industry-Campaigns/Coronavirus/Marina-Guidance
We have written to all berth holders regarding the new lockdown restrictions and we have arrangements in place to assist berth holders during the lockdown period. We will do what we can to help during this difficult period. Please contact us on 01752 556633 for assistance.
Anyone legitimately visiting Mayflower Marina is expected to observe social distancing and hygiene guidance as follows:
- Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds. Hand sanitiser is available at various locations around the marina site.
- Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
Test & Trace
Test & Trace QR codes are located around the marina for your convenience. If you don’t have the Test & Trace App you can get help to download it here https://covid19.nhs.uk/help-downloading.html
If electronic gadgetry is not your thing, please register your presence on site in the marina office. We will take contractor and other visitor contact details and record them securely. Any data provided for this purpose is subject to GDPR protection and will only be used to facilitate NHS Test & Trace.
Berth holders and tenants access / egress movements are recorded via our ANPR cameras and our car park entry system, so if you don’t use the App, but you do use your fob, we will have your details should we need them for tracing purposes, and you will not need to register your presence.
5th November 2020.