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CORONAVIRUS

Dear All,

Further to the Prime Minister’s speech last Sunday, we received clarification from the Government earlier today that limited boating activities may recommence with immediate effect. Whilst this is not a return to normal, it is a significant step towards it, and I am delighted to share the following:

“All forms of water sports practised 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.”

Full details of the announcement can be found HERE.

Whilst taking a breath to digest this good news, we must not lose sight that the threat from COVID-19 has not gone away! In welcoming you back to the marina, we all need to accommodate a new modus operandi to ensure compliance with Government regulations and the practical measures we must implement to ensure the safety of all persons using our marina. The gist of which is summarised below:

  1. Please only travel to the marina with members of your household, and only then if no one is displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Whilst on marina premises social distancing must be maintained at all times.
  3. It should also be noted that the Government does not permit people to leave their homes to ‘stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose’ this means that staying overnight on a boat must not happen, unless it is your primary residence, or if your primary residence is not habitable.
  4. Although the marina office shall be staffed 7 days a week 0900 to 1700, it is still closed anyone other than staff members whilst we adapt the office to create a COVID safe working environment for our staff. For assistance please phone the marina office on 01752 556633, call on VHF or use the intercom button at the bottom of the stairs. In making payment to us we would prefer payment either via BACS or card payment over the telephone, thus maintaining social distancing.
  5. We have resumed boat hoisting and we are busy working through the backlog of pre-existing launching and lifting commitments. If you require boatyard services, please contact the marina office.
  6. Our fuel berth is open; please abide by the instructions given to you by the attendant Bosun to ensure social distancing. Please note that for the time being we are not accepting cash payment.
  7. We are cleaning our toilets and showers twice per day. In addition, we have put a quantity of cleaning materials out for general use, including gloves, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant spray and paper towels. Clearly, with a shared facility there is risk of infection. All use of our facilities is at your own risk.
  8. Please wear gloves when handling commonly used equipment like marina trolleys and remember to wash your hands regularly.
  9. Jolly Jacks is not currently open so please ensure that you arrive with provisions to sustain you and your crew.
  10. Before going boating please ensure that you have a weather forecast and limit your initial outings to those that are well within the capability of you, your crew and your boat. The RNLI urge “anyone who is planning a return to the water to follow key water safety advice, which includes ensuring equipment is maintained and functioning correctly, and making sure that lifesaving apparatus is available. By following this advice, we can work together to enjoy a safer summer and reduce the demand on our crews and other emergency services”

Lastly, can I thank you all for your considerable patience in adhering to the lockdown restrictions. It has been a frustrating, however there is good reason to be optimistic about further concessions and a whole summer ahead of us – hopefully you will be able to make up for lost time!

With best wishes,

Charles Bush
Managing Director