British Marine has welcomed the news that from 8 March all forms of watersports, including the use of privately-owned craft and self-drive day hire boats for single households and support bubbles, can resume in England.

Following discussions between the government and British Marine a roadmap has been produced detailing how the leisure marine industry should interpret the government’s plan on lifting Covid-19 restrictions. Lesley Robinson, chief executive of British Marine, said that the roadmap provided hope and reassurance.

I am pleased that the collaboration between government, other user groups and ourselves has resulted in aligned guidance for marine businesses and participants,” she said. “I am cautiously optimistic about the months ahead, based on the assumption that, as the vaccine rollout accelerates, the phased easing of restrictions is achievable.

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Roadmap to reopening

The roadmap includes a matrix specifying at which point restrictions can start to lift for categories such as hotel boats, self-drive hire boats, skippered boats, watersports activity and trading and private boats. The statement makes clear that at each point restrictions will be assessed against the vaccine rollout, infection rates and any new variant.

Wider restrictions such as social distancing and minimising travel will continue to apply as will limits on the number of people allowed in groups.

Guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland differs and British Marine is engaged with the government regarding plans set out by the devolved administrations.

Original source: Boating Business