Back to sailing: England roadmap unveiled
As the lockdown measures start to ease, British Marine has released its roadmap for the return to sailing in England. The guidance has been signed off by the government. The easing of lockdown is being based on data, not dates. In England, each step has a ‘no earlier than’ date, five weeks later than the previous step, to allow time to assess the impact of the previous step and provide a week’s notice before changes occur. The government will continue to advise that people minimise travel. This means avoiding making unnecessary journeys, combining trips and avoiding travel at peak times where possible.
From 29 March, stay at home restrictions were expected to have been lifted, allowing up to two households/six people to go day sailing only, as long as the vessel isn’t enclosed and social distancing is adhered to.
From 12 April, a household can stay onboard overnight. Boat brokerages can also open in line with non-essential retail as long as social distancing measures are in place. This is also the case for Wales, with Scotland planning to reopen non-essential retail from 26 April.
In England, two households can stay onboard overnight no earlier than 17 May. Up to two households/ six people can be on enclosed boats, with up to 30 people on boats which are not enclosed. Social distancing must also be observed. All restrictions are expected to be lifted by 21 June.
Boat owners in Scotland are allowed to travel to their vessels to carry out essential maintenance.
The CEO of British Marine, Lesley Robinson, said the roadmap for England provided ‘hope and reassurance’ to the marine industry.
Full details of the England roadmap, including details for hire and skippered boats can be found at www.yachtingmonthly.com/roadmap