Welcome to the Coronavirus Hub
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.
12/04/2021 - England enters Step 2 of Covid-19 route map (see below)
26/03/2021 - Further clarification on England’s roadmap out of lockdown and what the milestone dates mean for you and your business
05/03/2021 - COVID19: Reopening of the marine industry in England further update (see below)
02/03/2021 - COVID19: Reopening of the marine industry in England (see below)
22/02/2021 - PM sets out roadmap for easing restrictions (see below)
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England enters Step 2 of Covid-19 route map - 12/04/2021
Today, England has entered Step 2 in its route map of out lockdown. Below we explain what this means for different sectors in the marine industry.
Passenger boats which are not operating as public transport providers can now accept group bookings.
Skippered "trip" boats:
Multiple groups are now permitted on skippered boats, however our members should be aware that each individual booking must adhere to the Rule of Six or two households rule. Where boats are partially enclosed, attendees may only go indoors to access/use the toilet. The skipper does not count towards the Rule of 6 or the two households limit.
Outdoor gatherings or events, organised by a business, charity, public body or similar organisation, can now be organised, subject to specific conditions: that they comply with COVID-Secure guidance including taking reasonable steps to limit the risk of transmission, complete a related risk assessment; and ensure that those attending do not mix beyond what is permitted by the social contact limits (unless another exemption exists, such as for work purposes, or supervised activities for children). This will enable skippered boats to accommodate larger numbers, provided businesses ensure that people do not mix beyond groups of 6 people or two households.
Day Hire Boats:
Hire boat businesses were permitted to open their outdoor premises to hire day boats from 29 March, subject to COVID-19 Secure guidance and the applicable social contact limits at each step of the Roadmap. However, this is provided the Rule of Six is followed or the boat is hired out to two households. Single households are permitted to go indoors on the vessel, whereas two households are not permitted to do so and must only go indoors for limited reasons, such as to use the toilet.
This is now possible as England has entered Step 2. This is provided there is a single household occupying the boat. Operators should check at the point of booking that all hirers are from the same household or have formed a bubble.
Premises used for the sale of boats, including outdoor areas, are now permitted to reopen in line with the easing of restrictions for non-essential retail. You may wish to refer to the Business Closures guidance which sets out the position on click and collect for vehicle hire.
British Marine can advise its members that Step 3 will begin no earlier than 17th May. At this point, and provided the conditions are met, most restrictions on meeting outdoors will be lifted, subject to a limit of 30 being imposed. Six persons will be able to meet indoors from this date. Organised gatherings and events will be permitted both indoors and outdoors, subject to the conditions set out above.
British Marine also understands that the social distancing guidelines will be reviewed no later than Step 3 which will, in turn, impact the maximum capacity on vessels.
Pubs and restaurants will be reopened indoors, as well as hostels and hotels and the Government will pilot larger events using enhanced testing.
Step 4 is scheduled to begin no earlier than 21st June; this is when the UK Government expects to remove all legal limits on social contact, weddings and other larger events.
For further information on the Prime Minister's roadmap and associated statement, please click here.
COVID-19: Reopening of the marine industry in England - 02/03/2021
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 22 February outlining the roadmap of when restrictions are likely to be eased across England, British Marine met with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to clarify the guidance. Members can read and download the following file which sets out which forms of activity can resume and when.
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.
15 Apr 2021
Our next online networking event will be taking place at 8:30am on Tuesday 20th April 2021.
15 Apr 2021
Earlier this week England entered Step 2 in its route map out of national lockdown. This saw non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality re-open to customers.
31 Mar 2021
British Marine members are invited to join our upcoming webinar at 11am on Wednesday 7th April 2021 where we will discuss the findings of our latest Marina and Moorings report.
30 Mar 2021
An additional support package has been put in place by UK Government for businesses who been unable to take advantage of the £16 billion business rates relief.
10 Mar 2021
British Marine is sharing the latest information from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to help businesses adjust to the UK's new relationship with the EU.
03 Mar 2021
After months of extensive consultation and discussion with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), I am delighted that the Chancellor has today announced that the entitlement to use red diesel will be maintained for all commercial boat operators and for private pleasure craft users in Great Britain.
25 Feb 2021
Earlier this week the Prime Minister set out details of when further restrictions are likely to be eased across England.
17 Feb 2021
It has come to British Marine’s attention that there have been some instances of leisure marine boat brokers continuing to arrange physical viewings with clients onboard vessels and we would like to remind our members of the current guidelines and applicable law.
15 Feb 2021
The UK Government has announced a new £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to help small businesses adjust to new customs procedures and Rules of Origin requirements.
10 Feb 2021
On 27 January, the Prime Minister announced that in the week beginning 22 February the UK Government will set out a roadmap to re-open the economy, society and to begin returning as close to normal as possible.