Communication from BMF to Scottish marine industry members currently interprets restrictions on movement in Phase 1 to less than 5 miles, belives that greater distance will not be available until Stage 3, but supports launching of boats: -
“British Marine and British Marine Scotland are pleased to welcome the release of the Scottish Government’s route map to easing the coronavirus lock down restrictions.
This route map provides a plan for gradual opening up of the lock down measures, through 4 phases following the lockdown stage.
Progress will depend on the continued reduction in the rate of infection and subject to this, the decision to progress from lockdown to easing of some measures will be made by the Scottish Government next Thursday, 28th May.
Review of progress will continue on a 3 weekly basis.
The route map sets out the steps to be taken but does not follow exact timescales. Progress will be gradual and incremental and in response to control of the virus.
Remote and flexible working will remain the default position where possible for the first 3 phases but Phase 1 will see the resumption of non-essential outdoor workplaces.
While not specifically mentioned in the guidance, British Marine interprets this to release the marine sector to restart outdoor operations in boatyards and marinas and of course, launching of boats.
This is subject to the relevant new guidance on health and safety, social distancing and COVID 19 measures.
Non-essential indoor non-office-based workplaces may resume in phase 2 (factories, warehouses etc) and phase 3 will see the reopening of non-essential indoor office workplaces, again subject to relevant guidance on safe working procedures.
This means marina offices, receptions etc will not be able to re-open for some time and other measures will be required for customer liaison.
It is important to note restrictions on travel will remain in place;
In Phase 1, people will be permitted to travel short distances for outdoor exercise but are advised to stay within approx. 5 miles of their local communities.
Phase 1 provides for unrestricted outdoor exercise (adhering to distancing measures) and non-contact outdoor activities in local areas.
Assuming all forms of recreational boating are included in this, customers may return but will be limited by travel restrictions until phase 3.
As the government does not permit people to leave their homes to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose, this suggests that staying overnight on a boat must not happen.
TYHA has provided guidance for marinas which is being updated regularly to reflect changing circumstances and British Marine is working with groups within the industry to prepare guidance for specific sectors.
The TYHA and British Marine guidance relates to the situation in England and the devolved administrations have differing responses to the coronavirus pandemic but much of the information in relation to safe working procedures is relevant across the UK. Please do check against information relevant to Scotland.”