Following the Government's latest guidelines on the Coronavirus outbreak, we have the following guidance.
You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes).
Manufacturing including but not limited to boatbuilding and refit/repair yards can stay open with COVID-19 secure protocols in place However it should be noted that members of the public should not be travelling to move vessels to repair yards or attend builds/repairs in progress.
Surveyors – can continue to operate and visit yards and vessels and attend sea-trials without members of the public.
Brokerage – brokerages are non essential retail and must shut to the members of the public, and employees must work from home. Enquiries can still be taken and virtual viewings given however there must be no physical viewings or meetings with clients. Brokers can continue to sell houseboats/residential moorings and vessels as long as they are being sold as the customers primary place of residence. It will be down to the brokers to obtain proof that is the intended purpose of the sale.
From this we understand that leisure boat owners should avoid the boatyard however short visits for the purpose of checking boats would be allowed. Subcontractors will continue to be allowed to work within the yard.
Houseboat residents, we urge you to follow the government guidelines, remain on your boats and not to congregate in any of the yard spaces.
We will review and update as government guidelines dictate.