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Lockdown To Ban Overnight Stays But Unclear About Day Sails.

The Yacht Harbour Association, the UK national body for marina operators have issued guidelines today following HM Government's national lockdown restrictions to begin Thursday November 5th.

 As directed by Government for the period 5th November to 2nd December 2020 marinas can remain open for business services including (but not limited to) boatyard, boat servicing and tenants. Chandleries and other non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers, click and collect and to supply the marine trade. On site catering should close unless providing takeaway services. No overnight stays are allowed on boats except for residential berth holders (where the boat is their Primary Residence) or for business purposes. Toilets and showers can remain open for site users. Access and access control systems may remain open to customers however marinas should encourage their berth holders to adhere to Government rules for England requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes:

Whilst this initial announcement outlines the Government’s intention, the details of how this will affect boating and marinas in England will not be clear until the legislation has been through Parliament and we have received the necessary guidance from Government Departments including DEFRA and DCMS. Current Government guidance does not provide complete clarity and there are some uncertainties including Government’s definition of ‘exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place’. Until further clarity is available marinas may decide to accept that their customers should be able to make their own choice based on Government guidance.