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Queens Harbour Master Notice to Mariners No 17 of 2021


1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth that following the Government’s revised social distancing measures aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are continuing to regularly review our advice to recreational boaters in concert with industry bodies and the regional ports and harbours. 

2. QHM Portsmouth continues to operate an open port policy, primarily for commercial and naval purposes, including vital transport, trade routes, and industry. 

3. Department for Culture Media and Sport have published guidance that states, ‘There is no restriction on the type of activity you can do when exercising outdoors, provided that you are within the permitted gathering limits.’ Full details can be found here

4. Further information regarding leisure activity and COVID-19 can be found on the RYA website here

5. Individuals whose circumstances permit them access to the water for recreational boating are encouraged to consider the following:

• You should only travel locally to access the water, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
• Whether your activity is being carried out in conformance with Government regulations for social distancing and exercise, including on the shore when accessing the water?
• Whether sufficient maintenance has been conducted on your vessel to ensure it remains serviceable and seaworthy, reducing the risk of needing external assistance?
• Any other aspects which increase the risk of depending on emergency responders including experience levels and prevailing conditions.

6.  Government guidance is to stay at home, to enforce that no-one is permitted to leave their home to stay at a second home overnight. This includes remaining on your vessel for an overnight stay both alongside a berth or at anchor.

7. LNTM 32/20 is hereby superseded.