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.
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Prime Minister announces the end of COVID-19 restrictions - 15/07/2021
Earlier this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would move to Step 4 in its route map.
Speaking alongside the chief scientific adviser and chief medical officer he said that whilst more restrictions were being lifted we could not simply revert to life as it was before COVID-19.
The Prime Minister also said that whilst the requirement for social distancing was being lifted, he expected and recommended that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces to help limit the spread of the virus.
As a result of the changes, from the 19 July there will be no restrictions on the numbers that can meet – including in both indoor and outdoor settings. In addition, the restrictions on the number of people which can attend weddings and funerals will be removed. Large-scale events will not require certification and table service at bars and restaurants will not be mandatory.
Our members should note that whilst the Government requirement to work at home is being relaxed from this date, ministers do not expect the whole country to return as soon as possible. Further guidance for businesses will be issued over the summer on a gradual return to the office.
British Marine members can read the announcement in full here.
Our members should note that the devolved administrations have adopted different approaches and this advice therefore only applies to England.
Conducting a risk assessment
Members should also note that it is a legal requirement for businesses to undertake a risk assessment process to help mitigate the risks of Covid-19 for their staff, customers and contractors. The Health and Safety Executive has a dedicated webpage designed to help businesses complete this. You can find more information on risk assessments and what you need to do here.
We would advise boaters to check the latest advice from their navigation authority before travelling.
Guidance on marina responsibilities from the Department for Transport
British Marine has sought clarification from DfT on the publication of international travel advice and the requirement to check COVID-19 measures have been followed by international travellers.
Following our engagement with the department, we can confirm that there is no requirement for marinas to check border measures have been followed by persons onboard pleasure craft when they arrive in the UK. If there is a requirement for Border Force to attend they will check the border requirements and take any appropriate action if needed.
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.
18 Jan 2022
British Marine are delighted to announce that the former Shadow Chancellor, academic, author and broadcaster Ed Balls will be presenting an essential keynote speech, forecasting the future economic landscape for the marine industry.
23 Dec 2021
The Chancellor has announced that additional support will be available for businesses which have been impacted by the spread of the new Omicron COVID variant. The new bailout package consists of four elements.
23 Dec 2021
Following the news that only German citizens and residents may travel from the UK to Germany, British Marine would like to provide members who may be exhibiting at BOOT Düsseldorf with information
17 Dec 2021
Boat owners are being urged to prepare for new customs reporting changes that will come into force in the New Year.
02 Dec 2021
Earlier this week it became mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, maritime ports, and other indoor settings, as set out by the UK Government in its latest guidance.
01 Dec 2021
The winners of the British Yachting Awards were announced during a celebratory evening held at the Royal Thames Yacht Club on 30 November, which drew together many notable figures from the racing and cruising worlds.
15 Nov 2021
METSTRADE have implemented multiple measures, on top of the measures imposed by the Dutch government, to ensure a safe and responsible event
28 Oct 2021
Further education provider South Devon College is currently working with stakeholders to develop a Foundation degree focusing on maritime leadership, which will help to further close the skills gap in the maritime sector.
28 Oct 2021
The fully-featured, accessible, web-based portal offers more than 90 accredited courses covering a wide range of business needs alongside British Marine’s portfolio of marine-specific courses, to address skills gaps, reinforce career pathways, and assist staff retention.
21 Oct 2021
The UK Government has now published its Net Zero Strategy: ‘Build Back Greener’. This sets out how the Government intends to cut emissions across different sectors, including maritime.