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TOPIC: COVID UK Update 23 March - Restrictions

COVID UK Update 23 March - Restrictions 11 Jun 2020 16:32 #116527

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COVID UK Update 23 March - Restrictions 11 Jun 2020 16:27 #116526

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Is that all the information or are there more pages, and paragraphs to common sense can be used in the following. Just saying, hopefully veryone is aware of these rules !!!

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COVID England Update 11 June 11 Jun 2020 13:45 #116523

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Latest UK Guidance for Boating in UK:

Contents
Privately owned leisure boats
Marinas
Canoe and other paddle craft hire
Self-drive day boat hire and bareboat charters
Skippered day-boat hire and skippered day charter hire
Holiday boat hire (self-drive and skippered)
Tourist boats and trip boats
Hotel boats
Hospitality boats
Passenger ferries
Waterways repair and maintenance businesses
Waterways non-essential retail businesses
You should follow the COVID-19 guidance if you own or operate a boat in England and use it for:
leisure
recreation
sport
pleasure
commercial uses
retail
You should follow the different rules if you’re in:

Scotland
Wales
Northern Ireland

You must not stay overnight on any boat, unless it’s your primary residence.

If you live by yourself or are a single parent with dependent children, you can expand your support network so that it includes one other household of any size from 13 June.

This is called making a support bubble and you’re able to:

meet indoors or out,
be less than 2 metres apart
stay overnight as you could if they were members of your own household.
You should only use a leisure, recreation, sport or pleasure boat with people from the same household unit or those in your support bubble.
Read the guidance on meeting people outside your household.

Privately owned leisure boats
You may use your privately owned boat (both powered and non-powered) for non-essential travel on waterways.

You should:
follow relevant navigation authority guidance
meet all licensing requirements
Navigation authorities may not allow leisure travel on their waterways until their teams have carried out safety inspections and maintenance.

Marinas
Marinas may open to allow people to visit and move their boats. Marinas should have measures in place to ensure social distancing.

You’re allowed to visit venues like a marina for exercise. You should only do so in the following ways:
alone
with members of your household
with 6 people from different households (including yourself) as long as you can remain 2 metres away from them and stay outside
You should check ahead to ensure that these facilities are open and prepared to receive visitors. You should not gather indoors with anyone from outside your household.

Canoe and other paddle craft hire
Facility managers can decide whether or not they hire out equipment, including canoes and other paddle craft. Operators should:
follow COVID-19 precautions and clean everything after each user
follow government guidance on water sports and sharing equipment
Self-drive day boat hire and bareboat charters
You can hire self-drive boats or charter a bareboat for the day only. You should only hire or charter a boat with people from your own household or support bubble.

Operators should:
apply appropriate social distancing measures, including during boat hand over
clean boats between users
set up and follow cleaning and waste removal routines after each hire for all handrails, indoor surfaces, and toilets or bathrooms
Skippered day-boat hire and skippered day charter hire
Operators should not allow skippered day boat hire or skippered day charter boat hire.

Holiday boat hire (self-drive and skippered)
Operators must not allow hire or charter holiday boats with overnight stays.

Tourist boats and trip boats
Tourist and trip boat operators must remain closed. For updates, operators should read the government guidance on ticketed leisure venues

Hotel boats
Hotel boats must remain closed.

When restrictions on overnight stays are lifted, businesses should refer to government guidance on hotels and other accommodation.

Hospitality boats
Cafes, restaurants and bars on boats must remain closed, other than for take-away. For updates on hospitality, operators should read the government guidance on hospitality settings.

Passenger ferries
Read the guidance on safer travel guidance for passengers.

Waterways repair and maintenance businesses
Waterways repair and maintenance businesses can be open.

Operators should:
follow social distancing requirements
ensure the safety of staff and customers
assess the risks from COVID-19 as soon as possible
Operators should use this risk assessment to identify any further improvements that might be needed

Waterways non-essential retail businesses
Waterways non-essential retail businesses can reopen from 15 June.

Operators should:

put social distancing measures in place
assess the risks from COVID-19 as soon as possible
Operators should use this risk assessment to identify any further improvements that might be needed.

Published 11 June 2020
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COVID UK Update 23 March - Restrictions 23 Mar 2020 23:34 #114827

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NEW RULES ON STAYING AT HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
1. STAYING AT HOME
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.
● Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
● One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
● Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
● Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent
outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school.
2. CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC SPACES
Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses - including pubs, cinemas and theatres - to close.
The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including:
● all non-essential retail stores - this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.
● libraries, community centres, and youth centres.

● indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
● communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
● places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
● hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).
3. STOPPING PUBLIC GATHERINGS
To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all
public gatherings of more than two people. There are only two exceptions to this rule:
● where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
● where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.
In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.
DELIVERING THESE NEW MEASURES
These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.
Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.
The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.
They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
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