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COVID-19 Guidance to Mariners

From 13 May 2020

The Government has announced a partial lifting of some COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lockdown restrictions with effect from today, Wednesday 13 May and have advised that all forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.

This means that members of the same household can now spend time on their boat and can proceed to sea but cannot (yet) remain on their vessel overnight as the restrictions require everyone to return home at the end of every day. Tor Bay harbour – and most other ports in the region also – will not accept visiting vessels from other ports except in case of medical emergency.

Mariners should be aware that MCA have issued the following advice:

“In England, now more than ever people need to respect our coastline. Whether you’re local or not, experienced on the water or a novice, the sea can still catch you out. If you get into trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard and we will come to your aid.

But Coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we all need to follow the rules. Remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk. Take extra care in these extraordinary times. #StayAlert”

Mariners are further advised that Swim England believe open water swimming will also be permitted from Wednesday 13 May and vessels should maintain a vigilant look-out for swimmers when under way.

In Torquay, the bridge and cill will be operated (tide permitting) between 9am and 5pm from Wednesday 13 May. From Monday 18 May these times will be widened to between 7am to 9pm.

Harbour offices remain closed to the public, however customers who need to top up electrical cards or collect fobs can arrange by telephone to do so by appointment during times stated above. Toilets and other facilities remain closed until further notice.

Social distancing must be maintained (eg remain 2 metres apart) at all times when on the harbour estate, and be prepared step onto a finger pontoon and wait for others to pass to avoid crossing when walking on pontoons (most are less than 2m wide). Do not go onto vessels other than your own, so mariners should avoid rafting outboard.

Regardless of these other allowances, please remember that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is reminded they should remain isolated at home according to Government advice.

Adam Parnell

Tor Bay Harbour Master