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Welcome to the Coronavirus Hub (Last Updated: 11/01/2021)

Accessible to all, it is here that we will be sharing the very latest Government advice, together with business support tools, guidance and best practice. This page shows the latest headline announcements made by the UK and the devolved nation governments. For full details of the latest restrictions for each devolved nation please see the devolved nations tab on the right hand side. For the latest financial guidance please use the FAQ tab found on the right of this page and then select Financial Guidance.


This webpage is being updated constantly. So please keep an eye on the information categorised to the right-hand side, where you will find FAQs and where applicable, a list of British Marine members who are able to provide you with 1-2-1 support.

12/01/2021 - Government guidance on boat maintenance (see below)

11/01/2021 - British Marine receives more detailed guidance from the UK government on boat usage during the lockdown period (see below)

05/01/2021 - England announces national lockdown 

05/01/2021 - Scotland announces national lockdown

19/12/2020 - PM announces new Tier 4 for London and parts of the South East (see below for further guidance) WITHDRAWN see above updates for latest restrictions and guidance

27/11/2020 - England announces tier rules to be implemented from 02/12/2020 (see below) WITHDRAWN 

18/11/2020 Scotland announces 11 areas to go into tier 4 restrictions (WITHDRAWN due to newer lockdown announcement)

05/11/2020 -  Extension of the furlough scheme until March 2021

03/11/2020 - The latest financial packages due to the new 4 week lockdown 

03/11/2020 Updated Guidance for Marina Operators from TYHA and British Marine

15/10/20 - Updates on the latest Scottish restrictions announced 7/10/2020 

15/10/20 - Maintaining records of staff customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace - Operations Guidance

15/10/20 - Defer your Self Assessment payment on account due to coronavirus - Financial Guidance

15/10/20 - Links to detailed guidance on the Local COVID Alert Levels Added - Operations Guidance 

13/10/20 - What help is available for the self-employed - Financial Guidance

13/10/20 - System of local COVID alert levels in England - Operations Guidance

13/10/20 - Visa Guidance - Operations Guidance

13/10/20 - Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme - Financial Guidance

 

Don't forget, our Membership Services team is also fully operational and on standby to take your calls (01784 223663/ membership@britishmarine.co.uk). We offer a wide range of services including legal advice, technical guidance and crisis management support.


 

Government guidance on boat maintenance during lockdown

Maintaining second homes, caravans, boats and other assets is not generally a reasonable excuse for leaving home. However, people may leave home to secure their second home, caravan or boat in order to avoid it posing a risk of harm/injury to themselves or others.

This guidance is taken directly from the gov.uk site found here

Latest Government advice for recreational boating

British Marine have had it confirmed by the UK Government that boating is a form of exercise and therefore is an accepted excuse to leave home in England. There are several important caveats to this, primarily that members of the public cannot travel out of their local area to reach their vessel and that all exercise must be done in line with government guidance i.e. can only be done with members of 1 household/bubble or one other and social distancing is maintained. Members of the public are urged to check with the local navigation authority, harbour authorities and the Marinas for local rules before travelling to their vessels.

DfT released the following statement:

"We have received clarification on guidance relating to boating and leisure activities from CO/DCMS.

Therefore, we can confirm that boating is allowed as exercise (in England). This covers all sailing boats/yachts as long as they abide by the gathering limits, social distance rules and stay local rules.”

British Marine would like to remind all boaters of their responsibility to stay safe, abide by the guidance and laws (including local restrictions) and keep others around them safe when participating on any on water exercise.

Boris Johnson announces England to be placed into national lockdown from 05/01/2021

Boris Johnson has announced that England will go into a full national lockdown from the 05/01/2021. This will replace the tiered system until further notice. This means that there is a stay at home notice unless for essential reasons.

Hospitality and non essential retail sectors must now shut again unless they are providing takeaway food and non alcoholic drinks services (until 11pm) or click and collect/delivery.

Employees must now work from home where possible. Where this is not possible you can still travel into work.

For Full details and what this means for the marine industry please go to the England specific page under the 'Detailed Guidance for each devolved nation' tab

Scotland Announces National Lockdown from 05/01/2021

Mainland Scotland is to go into lockdown from 05/01/2021 with a new legal requirement forbidding anyone from leaving their home except for essential purposes.

Amongst the limited reasonable excuses to leave your home are provisions for caring, outdoor exercise and to go to work, but only if that work cannot be done from home.

Please visit the Scotland Tab for further information.

Financial help with the new lockdowns:

The Chancellor has announced grants for businesses to help with the latest lockdown restrictions:

  • Business Grants

The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/46-billion-in-new-lockdown-grants-to-support-businesses-and-protect-jobs

  Further details on the grants will follow in guidance to accompany this announcement

   

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces an extension to the furlough scheme until the end of March 2021

The UK government today announced the following:

  •  Extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme further, until the end of March
  •  Not pay the Job Retention Bonus in February but instead redeploy a retention incentive at the right time
  •  Increase the third self-employed grant, covering November to January, from 55% to 80% of trading profits.
  •  Increase the upfront guarantee of funding for the devolved administrations from £14bn to £16bn, on top of their Spring Budget 20 funding.
For more details please see the Financial Guidance under the FAQ tab on the right of this page.        



    

What help is available from the Government? 

British Marine would encourage its members to visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions for further information on the support available and details of how they should access this support. 

Full details of the measures announced by Government can be found here
 

How British Marine can help you

We would encourage our members to read the most up to date information and advice from the Government. Members can visit the dedicated NHS webpage which provides further information on symptoms and what to do if you think you might have the Coronavirus.

For advice on hire conditions and cancellations related to COVID-19, members should contact our membership services team for details of the Epoq legal helpline.

Please contact us If your business is affected to ensure we can discuss the support available with you.  

The information on this webpage is provided as general guidance. Although British Marine tries to ensure that all of the information is accurate and up to date, this cannot be guaranteed owing to the very fast moving situation. Members should review the Government’s full guidance themselves by following the links in this webpage and should keep up to date with the Government’s latest announcements. The information on this webpage should not be construed as constituting professional advice and we would always advise that members consider seeking appropriate professional advice before taking or refraining from taking any action.

UK Government announces England to go into national lockdown on 5_11_2020 for four weeks

England to go into national lockdown today for four weeks

04 Nov 2020

England is set to go into another national lockdown today, the 5 November 2020. The UK Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close.

British Marine holds positive discussions with the Law Commission regarding weddings on boats

28 Oct 2020

On Tuesday 27 October, British Marine and the Law Commission held a roundtable meeting with representatives of the Passenger Boat Association (PBA) to discuss potential changes in law which would allow wedding ceremonies to take place onboard boats.

Join us for our next COVID-19 webinar - What the recent changes mean to your business

27 Oct 2020

The next British Marine COVID-19 webinar will take place on 5 November at 11am.

Join the British Marine Scotland Virtual AGM and Meet the Trade Reception

27 Oct 2020

Autumn is the time of year which should have been busy with shows including Scotland’s Boat Show, where British Marine Scotland is usually very active.

Update to the COVID-19 Microsite

14 Oct 2020

The Prime Minister has set out how the UK Government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three-tiered system of local COVID-19 alert levels in England.

BOATS2020 update

30 Sep 2020

Since the cancellation on Thursday 10 September, at 18.34, the night before BOATS2020 was due to open, British Marine has been working extremely hard across two key areas.

COVID-19: Chancellor extends sector VAT cut and announces new Job Support Scheme

24 Sep 2020

Today, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak made a statement setting out further economic measures to support businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19.

BOATS2020 appeal to Secretaries of State rejected

17 Sep 2020

BOATS2020 which was due to take place from 11-20 September 2020 and was cancelled on the evening of Thursday 10 September, despite having a licence which was issued on 28 July, and having been setup to the strict requirements of Southampton City Council’s Public Health England COVID-19 secure requirements, has failed in its appeal to the Secretaries of State for Public Health and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Rule of six set to have a significant impact on the private charter of passenger vessels

16 Sep 2020

The recent announcement and implementation of the new ‘rule of six’ in England has reversed the private hire side of the passenger vessel industry’s exemption of the 30-person cap on gatherings.

COVID-19: High Court rules could change position on business interruption pay-outs

15 Sep 2020

British Marine understands that this week the High Court ruled that some insurance companies should have made pay outs to businesses in relation to COVID-19.