British Marine: Statement regarding COVID-19 measures

BRITISH Marine CEO Lesley Robinson has issued a letter to all British Marine members detailing the support that British Marine will be providing during the Covid-19 crisis.

She refers to the request for urgent support for waterway businesses which has already been actioned.

British Marine, alongside the Canal and River Trust and the Broads Authority, has sent a joint letter to the Secretary of State, DEFRA, requesting urgent support for waterway businesses.

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Recognising that the current measures introduced by the Government in response to the crisis do not address the unique and specific needs of waterway businesses, the joint letter calls upon the Government to act now with the introduction of grants to cover all boat licences for this season, as these licence costs are often much more significant to a waterway business than their premises rents and rates for which the Government are offering support.

British Marine, the CRT and the Broads Authority collaborated to ensure action on behalf of our waterway-based members and will continue to lobby for this concession – and others.

British Marine will continue to actively support and represent all members throughout the challenges that this virus presents in the coming weeks, months and beyond, and will take every possible step to find workable solutions to secure the future of our industry.

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Furthermore, to maintain momentum and help raise awareness of the request for support for waterway businesses further within Westminster, a template letter has been distributed to British Marine members to send to their local MP that references the joint letter already sent to DEFRA. All members need to do is fill in the specific blanks, top and tail the letter and send. Members can find their local MP via the following link https://members.parliament.uk/members/Commons.

She also commented: “Since the government introduced the new lockdown measures on March 20, they have issued further guidance for people planning to visit second homes or holiday premises during the coronavirus pandemic.

 The guidance states: “Following on from the government’s guidance on social distancing in relation to COVID-19, people should avoid travelling unless it is essential. Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.”

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 As a consequence, many hire boat booking agents such as Hoseasons have already taken the decision to contact all customers due to travel between now and the end of April and offer them a transfer to an alternative later date free of charge or to cancel their holiday if they have taken cancellation protection. 

 As marinas offering leisure moorings are also viewed as non essential British Marine would encourage all members to adhere to government guidance and advise any customers not to engage in non-essential travel. Any updates to government advice will be updated and responded to on the dedicated Coronavirus microsite that has been set up on the British Marine website with the latest guidance and advice and support for members.”

 

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