Uncertainty for boaters over Lockdown II
12 November 2020
A four-week Covid-19 lockdown began in England on 5th November, leaving uncertainty over much boating activity.
The Canal & River Trust and Environment Agency instantly suspended normal cruising guidelines, saying that owners should not visit their boats unless they are living aboard, and usual visitor mooring restrictions were lifted. However, sports boating, such as paddleboarding and kayaking, is permitted, either alone, with one other person or within the household bubble.
Defra said boaters are permitted to deliver their vessel to a yard or marina for maintenance or winterisation. However, owners are not allowed to do the work themselves.
Chandleries and brokerages had to close for the four-week period but could continue with click & collect, delivery and online services.
This new lockdown is promised – or at least expected – to end on 2nd December.