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River Hamble Harbour Authority Notice to River Users No 3 of 2021


Update on COVID Advice for the River Hamble from 08 January 2021

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following advice for COVID 19 management will be in force until amended by Central Government. River Users are advised to check for any changes on the Links provided, recognizing that some necessarily give generic instruction. This notice supersedes NTRU 2 of 2021.

2. On 04 January, Government announced additional steps to manage the spread of COVID 19 and brought new restrictions into force in a new National Lockdown https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home. The Department for Transport has on 08 January issued a further statement permitting boating as exercise.

The full statement is below.

3. This Notice explains how that will apply to users of the River Hamble. No further specific guidance is expected to be issued to the marine sector. Nevertheless, the principles of the guidance apply across all sectors.

People may not leave or be outside home except where necessary or without 'reasonable excuse'. Leaving home is allowed to:

Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home, exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area, meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one, seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)attend education or childcare - for those eligible

A non-exhaustive list of 'reasonable excuses' is given in the Government's instructions. Immediately germane to activity on the River, these include:

Work - you can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home, including but not limited to people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance

Volunteering - you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.

Essential activities - you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating.

Meeting others and care - You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one).

Exercise - You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You should maintain social distancing. See exercising and meeting other people. Medical reasons - You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.

Further reasonable excuses are allowed although a comprehensive list is not provided.

Visiting a vessel to maintain it or ensure its safety is not excluded. Recreational and leisure activity is considered differently from exercise and is excluded. Visiting boats to spend a night on board is not allowed.

The Department for Transport has stated that:

"We have received clarification on guidance relating to boating and leisure activities from the Cabinet Office/Department for Culture Media and Sport. Therefore, we can confirm that boating is allowed as exercise [in England]. This covers all sailing boats/yachts as long as they abide by the gathering limits, social distance rules and stay local rules. As before Departments are not planning to put out any specific guidance, but Sport England has a useful page which hopefully you have seen."

It is emphasized that the River remains open to commercial operations and those involved in activity allowed within Government directions. Public slipways and jetties remain open.

4. Further information on these works can be obtained from the Harbour Office or by calling 'Hamble Harbour Radio' on VHF Channel 68.

5. Cancel this Notice 31 December 2021.