RYA Press release and Covid-19 restrictions eased

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RYA Press release and Covid-19 restrictions eased

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Re: RYA Press release and Covid-19 restrictions eased

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From Wednesday, 13 May unlimited outdoor activity will be permitted in England, and we understand that this will include all forms of boating. The Prime Minister also indicated that people would be permitted to travel to other destinations in order to exercise. Any activity will still need to be alone or with members of a single household, and social distancing must be followed at all times. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the return to boating has not yet been confirmed.
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Re: RYA Press release and Covid-19 restrictions eased

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And this is a detailed email I received from The Berthon Marina Manager in Lymington yesterday. A fairly detailed set of arrangements but in essence all I can really do is make a day visit to my boat in the Marina. For the moment we cannot use the Lymington river or go to sea.

Cut and paste follows :
Boris Johnson has indicated there will be reduced movement restriction from Wednesday, but two metre distancing still prevails to avoid a new surge in infections. A recent statement from British Ports Association explains they are waiting for specific guidance from the Department of Culture, Media & Sports regarding the use of boats away from moorings and berths. The following is the 51-page document from 11 May 2020, https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... nd-cant-do ,

and the FAQs here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... nd-cant-do .

The main relevant changes to previous guidance is that boat owners can drive distances to attend their boats BUT boats will be interpreted as second homes; accordingly, staying overnight is prohibited.

Since caravan parks are not opening until July 4th it should be noted that any extended stays aboard, and poor or excessive behaviour within marinas, may jeopardise usage of boats entirely. The RYA recently repeatedly published the following advice on 12/05/2020, 01/05/2020 & 27/4/2020:

If significant numbers of people are seen to be taking part in recreational boating or going to their boats for whatever excuse they can think of while the general movement restrictions are in force then the Government might see fit to introduce a specific prohibition on recreational boating. Given that regulators are often much more reluctant to lift prohibitions than they are to impose them, recreational boating is likely to be able to resume more quickly if it is not specifically prohibited. https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/ ... aters.aspx

We thank you all for your continued patience and determination to see off the virus. We now need to ready ourselves for a different way of boat use that is mindful of the safety of all boat owners, your household members, and the wider Berthon and contractor workforce as well.

We look forward to further specific government guidance later this week; attached is the new protocol for arriving and leaving Berthon Marina and Boatyard site for whatever reason.

We will be in touch again shortly.
Berthon Site Access Covid-19 Protocol (May 12 2020)

This document provides as much up-to-date information as possible for boat owners using our marina and boatyard based upon Government guidelines and our own Risk Assessments.

Government’s guidelines are:

Stay at home as much as possible
Work from home if you can
Limit contact with other people
Keep 2 metres distance
Wash your hands regularly
Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Are there restrictions on how far I can travel to the marina?

Yes & No. You can travel to the marina irrespective of distance. You should not travel with someone from outside your household unless you can practise social distancing - for example by cycling and are one-on-one; IE only two people.

Overnight on board; Lockdown is NOT over.

Unless your boat is your primary residence, government guidelines are that you cannot stay overnight. ‘Leaving your home - the place you live - to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed. This includes visiting second homes.’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... nd-cant-do

Leisure Boat Movements

We are working closely with the Lymington Harbour Commission who have recently issued this https://www.lymingtonharbour.co.uk/covi ... our-master and we will keep you updated if this changes.

At present, use of the river and/or going to sea for leisure-purposes is not permitted.

2m Distancing

We have 2m social distancing measures in the most populated areas of the site and now that Government has reduced movement restrictions, we look forward to welcoming owners coming to check on their boats.

All piers are more than 8’ (>2m) wide; individual finger pontoons are between 2’and 5’ (<2m) wide. Accordingly, please be alert and move into a finger when someone is coming in the other direction.

Dockmaster Office

The Dockmasters have been working throughout the lockdown and to comply with 2m distancing we have set up a secondary reception area adjacent the marina building to enable the office to continue to hand out keys using the protocol we adopted prior to lockdown. This includes sterilising keys before handing them out and again upon receipt.

Whilst owners and their families who have been self-isolating in their homes can be close together, the secondary trailer will provide an area for more informal discussion with owners and contractors; we ask individuals to distance themselves 2m from our staff at all times.

Corvid-19 Protocol Centre

We have borrowed BHG’s boat show trailer to use as a centre for brief discussion with owners and contractors; 2m distancing is mandatory and to comply with relaxed rules on meeting the public, only one-on-one meetings can take place please.

WC’s & Washrooms

Whilst the country is testing a less restricted lockdown, we have trialled regular cleaning throughout normal working hours for staff use only; most yachts have such washroom facilities aboard which we propose you use with your family to keep safe. We cannot guarantee they will be corona-free at any time and as such, the washrooms are closed for owners and contractors for the time being. We will monitor the situation and welcome feedback (at our Corvid-19 Protocol Centre).

Boat Lifting & Launching Movements

Our boat moving team have been here for six working days to get a head start on boat launches and lifts which were not possible during lockdown; we ask that owners do NOT come to watch their boat being launched during these precarious times.

Coronavirus Hangs Around / Temporary Registration Process

Because Coronavirus can survive on some surfaces for up to 72 hours, we ask all owners and contractors to register their arrival and departure either in advance, by email or upon arrival at one of the two dockmaster offices so we can monitor who was on which boat and when. This is for the safety for all parties and we specifically request owners and contractors not to make impromptu visits if jobs are outstanding in case a contractor or we are working on board without calling in advance.

Social Bubbles?

You can meet one other person from outside your household if you are outdoors at the marina. Public gatherings of more than 2 people from different households are prohibited in law, including with Berthon staff. At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.

Site Security

During this lockdown (that is continuing but with some softer rules) we have been performing bespoke security checks on boats (often with FaceTime) on owners’ requests; dockmasters will continue to complete their regular site tours.

Boatyard Work

We have been speaking to those owners whose boats have been ashore and many who may wish to have their boat lifted. We have a small but growing team of technicians back at work.

Our collective challenge is to monitor when you, contractors, and we are aboard. With Covid-19 surviving airborne and on surfaces we have a 72-hour moratorium between individuals going aboard. Accordingly, please inform us when you are on board and when you left. We will inform owners when work is finished.

The marina office building 2nd floor reception is unmanned so please contact Tom Cload, Kevin Ashworth, or Matt Hart to discuss any work by the Yacht Maintenance and Repair YMR) team.

Sea Trials

Berthon may be sea-trialling boats as part of their day-to-day activity. If you feel you would like us to perform a sea trial please get in touch with the YMR team; owners should not perform a sea trial.
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