Further to my update of the 2nd November setting out our understanding at that time of the implications of the proposed new lockdown restrictions for harbour users, the Government has now published the new lockdown regulations.
In the absence of the publication of specific government guidance relating to the use of leisure vessels during the new lockdown period, the Solent and Southern Harbour Master Association has today written to Government setting out our shared understanding of the position and the approach all, or the majority of member harbours, intend to take.
If the Government does not agree with the approach it has been asked to respond and to provide clear written, published, guidance on the approach that is required in respect of leisure vessels and associated businesses.
So, from 00.01 on Thursday 5th November the following will apply when using Lymington Harbour Commission facilities unless Government advises differently:-
- The slipway will remain open subject to users complying with all Covid-19 regulations and published government guidance , including the regulations that set out the circumstances under which it is permissible to take exercise or take open air recreation. When on the slipway, users must comply with social distancing guidance at all times.
- Mooring or berth holders may access their boats (and use them) subject to users complying with all regulations, and published government guidance including the regulations that set out the circumstances under which it is permissible to take exercise or take open air recreation. When on pontoons, users must comply with social distancing guidance at all times.
- No overnight stays are permitted on vessels moored on Lymington Harbour Commission moorings.
- Visitor moorings are closed for overnight stays. Short stays will be permitted on the Harbour Master pontoon subject to berth availability. Please check in advance as the pontoon will be periodically closed for dredging.
- Commercial businesses and operations may continue to work (including on vessels moored on Lymington Harbour Commission moorings) provided they are allowed to do so under the regulations and comply with published Government guidance.
- The Harbour Office will be closed for personal visits. Please contact us by phone or email.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Best wishes and please stay safe.
Harbour Master & Chief Executive
Issued at 15.00 hours on 4th November 2020