Update - 6 January 2021
As you are no doubt aware, the government has imposed a third national lockdown which became law in the early hours of 6 January 2021. This lockdown requires us all to stay at home except for essential purposes set out at gov.uk/coronavirus.
We do not expect the government to issue any additional guidance for our sector, over and above what is already available from the first lockdown period in 2020.
As such, we strongly advise you to refer to the government guidance to assess whether any proposed visit to your vessel, is compliant with the legislation and to determine if that visit is classed as ‘essential’. In any case, I must remind you that overnight stays onboard your vessel are not permitted unless your primary residence is your vessel.
At this time, the marina facilities remain available and Covid-19 secure to assist our users who live onboard their vessels. Likewise, access to your vessels and the availability of slipways remain open, subject to compliance with the government legislation mentioned above.
These arrangements are under constant review and may change at short notice to ensure the safety of our users and staff.
Please be assured that our harbour staff continue to be present on site 24/7 and are conducting increased patrols of berthing areas for the protection of your vessel. Should you have a particular concern, please contact Local Port Services (LPS) or the Harbour Office who will be happy to assist.
Your continued support through these difficult times is much appreciated.
Capt. Chris Burrows
Borough Harbour Master