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Coronavirus – Second Lockdown Updated 1600 – 06/11/20

Guidance with regards to the new lockdown rules is still somewhat unclear for those in the marine leisure sector, below is our current interpretation of the rules.

Dart Harbour is adjusting its stance in line with recent Government guidance (updated November 3rd 2020) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. From Thursday 5th November 2020 everyone is advised to stay at home except for specific purposes, which does include allowing exercise outdoors or to visit an outdoor public place.

 

Using your Boat and Visiting Vessels

Having reviewed the related Government documentation, exercise outdoors or visits to outdoor public places is permitted, however, to what extent this allows use of the river is unclear. See the websites listed below for more information.

Should you decide to visit your vessel you should ensure the reason to visit your vessel meets the relevant legislation.

If you need assistance in monitoring or maintaining your vessel Dart Harbour keeps a list of Agents who may be able to help.

If you are berthed in a marina our understanding is that if you only permitted to access a marina if your vessel is a resident vessel that is moored there permanently, or for the purposes of your work, please contact your marina for further information.

As mentioned in Sport England’s FAQs (see link below), exercise on waterways, for example canoeing, paddle boarding or sailing can take place either on your own, with your household, with your support bubble or with one other person. Children under the age of five, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care, aren’t counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

The Harbour will be closed to visiting yachts (from sea) as government guidance is clear that you should avoid travelling in or out of your local area, leaving your primary residence – the place you live – to stay at a second home or for a holiday is not allowed. This also pertains to resident vessels cruising elsewhere; local ports will not be expecting arrivals.  The harbour remains open for commercial vessels and for commercial tradesmen working on vessels in the harbour.

Visiting the Harbour Office

You may only visit the Harbour Office if you have a pre-arranged appointment, or if you have an arrangement with us to have your mail delivered.   Berth holders who collect their mail/parcels from the harbour office, MUST practice social distancing with staff, wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser provided. The harbour office will be manned by a skeleton staff with half the staff team working from home.  Phones and email will be monitored during normal working hours. Most local facilities and businesses will be closed as per the guidance. We will attempt to monitor afloat activity to the best of our ability and may impose further restrictions if the use of the harbour is not in line with government policy or seen as inappropriate to the national cause.

River patrols and Dart Harbour Maintenance

Our River patrols continue working our normal winter hours.

Our maintenance and mooring teams will continue to operate following our Covid Secure safe systems of work, to ensure their (and others) ongoing safety.  We anticipate this safe system of work may have to be adjusted to follow any further Government guidelines which may influence our operations or the services we provide without notice.

Yacht Taxi Service

The Yacht Taxi will continue to operate but for essential trips only.

If you wish to use the Yacht Taxi please ensure your use of the river is allowed under current rules. Taxi trips MUST be booked 24 hours in advance by telephoning the harbour office.  The taxi is running between 1000 hrs and 1530 hrs daily.  Bookings MUST be made during our normal working hours, so weekend taxi trips will need to book before Friday.  For last minute changes (eg delays in travelling/parking), please call the taxi on VHF Ch 69 or 07970346571. Face coverings MUST be worn at all times. Refusal to comply will result in refusal to travel, unless customers are granted an exception to wearing a face covering.

Sources of information

Further information can be found on the following websites:-

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1200/pdfs/uksi_20201200_en.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/covid-19-coronavirus/

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/return-play/frequently-asked-questions-about-national-coronavirus

https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/coronavirus-advice-and-information-for-recreational-boaters.aspx

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/recreational-paddling-permitted-under-new-government-measures

It is your responsibility to ensure you comply with the latest legislation.

Dart Harbour will continue to review Government guidance and update our own guidance to customers as necessary. We appreciate your continued support in maintaining safe and efficient port operations.

Yours sincerely

 

Capt Rich Eggleton

CEO/Harbour Master

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