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York Marina, Naburn, York YO19 4RW

Coronavirus Updates

Covid 19 Update: 14th May 2020

As per our last update this week has been a confusing one with conflicting notices and advice from CRT and the local authorities.

Please see the bottom of this update for the details of what Canal and River Trust said yesterday if you haven’t seen it… Please sign up to the CRT e-mails if you’re not already so you can stay up to date with the changing guidance.

The e-mail they sent completely blindsided us and we had no fore warning that they were going to do this!

We are now a bit more informed and have some clarity about what we are able to do.

At present we have been told that the marina can:

  1. Reopen for berth holders to use their boats but they are not permitted to stay overnight obviously observing all current guidance on social distancing etc
  2. Boat lifting and workshop activities can commence
  3. The marina reception and chandlery can re-open
  4. Boat sales and viewings can commence on an appointment only basis

The following parts of the marina that are not allowed to re-start until further notice:

  1. Toilet and public shower facilities are to remain closed
  2. The restaurant and café is to remain closed
  3. Boat Hire is not allowed
  4. The caravan site is unable to operate

We have decided that now the navigation is re-open we will start to operate more from Tuesday next week with skeleton staff.

We will be opening our office from Tuesday to Saturday 9am until 5pm. It will take us a few days to get up to speed so please bare with us.

We are intending on starting to lift boats from Tuesday. If you would like your boat launching please e-mail info@yorkmarina.co.uk and we will be in touch with when we can organise that for you.

Again please be patient with us we will do our best to get you in the water as soon as possible.

Re-fuelling will be available from Tuesday also but we will be in touch when we have a firm procedure for this.

I hope this clarifies our current situation a bit and I’m very pleased that you are now all able to get some enjoyment out of your boats.

If you have any further queries or questions please get in touch.

From CRT:

From, Weds 13 May 2020
You may undertake short boating trips only from today – avoiding use of locks and any staff-operated structures if possible – providing, as per current government guidance, you do not stay away from home overnight and return to your home mooring (where you have one).

From Saturday, 23 May:
Mooring exemptions will come to an end and our guidance for continuous cruisers comes back in to force. This doesn’t mean that every boat without a home mooring needs to move on this day, just that we’d expect you to move off your current mooring within 14 days (i.e. by 6 June).  If you are in a high-risk group, and need to continue to shield or self-isolate, then special arrangements can be agreed with your licence support officer if you haven’t already told us.

From Monday, 1 June:
On this date, we anticipate that our navigations will re-open in full, subject to some exceptions*, and you will be able to undertake longer journeys.
According to current Government guidance, those who do not liveaboard should not stay overnight. We will seek further clarification as to whether overnight stays will be permissible once full navigation resumes.

*Please bear in mind that it will take time to get the entire network fully operational, and booking for some passages and services will be required. Some sections may be closed for a further period. Our website will be updated with the details closer to the time.

Covid 19 Update: 13th May 2020

Another Day and more confusion! You may have seen an e-mail from Canal and River Trust saying that as of today you are able to take short boat trips.
York City Council HSE are contradicting that statement saying we are to remain closed.
Please bare with us whilst we try and get some concrete advice.
 
From Canal and River Trust:
 
From today, Weds 13 May 2020
You may undertake short boating trips only from today – avoiding use of locks and any staff-operated structures if possible – providing, as per current government guidance, you do not stay away from home overnight and return to your home mooring (where you have one).From Saturday, 23 May:
Mooring exemptions will come to an end and our guidance for continuous cruisers comes back in to force. This doesn’t mean that every boat without a home mooring needs to move on this day, just that we’d expect you to move off your current mooring within 14 days (i.e. by 6 June).  If you are in a high-risk group, and need to continue to shield or self-isolate, then special arrangements can be agreed with your licence support officer if you haven’t already told us.

From Monday, 1 June:
On this date, we anticipate that our navigations will re-open in full, subject to some exceptions*, and you will be able to undertake longer journeys.
According to current Government guidance, those who do not liveaboard should not stay overnight. We will seek further clarification as to whether overnight stays will be permissible once full navigation resumes.

*Please bear in mind that it will take time to get the entire network fully operational, and booking for some passages and services will be required. Some sections may be closed for a further period. Our website will be updated with the details closer to the time.

Statement from York City Council:
 

Thank you for your email. I am sorry but at the present time I am unable to confirm when you will be able to open your business.

Any further minor changes to businesses allowed to open will become more apparent in the next couple of days as we anticipate that there will be amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 to enable any proposed changes to take effect.

The Government will be releasing later this week the new “COVID-19 Secure” guidelines for specific businesses allowed to reopen.

 

Covid 19 Update: 12th May 2020

We appreciate everyone has probably got a bit excited after Boris’ announcement on Sunday! The announcement has caused a lot of confusion for everyone, ourselves included and we are still waiting for firm advice from British Marine on a way forward.

Despite the announcement the Marina is simply not going back to normal overnight! We are all grappling with the flood of information coming from government, the canal and river trust and British Marine.

It is all taking a lot of time to digest so we are doing our best to make sense of it all whilst continuing to try to stay afloat as a business.

We appreciate this is an extremely frustrating situation to be in. We know all of you are desperate to start enjoying your boats with the weather improving as soon as possible.

Our main priority as I’m sure yours is, must continue to be our national effort to prevent the spread of the virus, to save lives and protect our NHS.

For now the guidance allows you to visit your boat for essential maintenance and security checks ONLY. The navigation is still closed and we await further updates from Canal and River Trust.

Further information can be found on their website here… https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-boating-faqs

Restrictions on visiting second homes, caravan parks or similar is still in place.

If you do decide to visit your boat in the next few days please abide by all government advice. For now…

  • Please do not attempt to visit if you or anyone in your household is displaying any symptoms or feels unwell.
  • Please abide by social distancing rules of 2m at all times and as Boris has said please use common sense.
  • Please be courteous to other berth holders and allow people to get up and down the walkways safely so you don’t meet in the middle
  • The toilet and shower facilities will remain closed until we have specific health and safety guidance on how to re-open them
  • Please use hand sanitizer if possible before leaving your vehicles on arrival and wash your hands regularly
  • The pontoon gates will be tied open for now to reduce contact points on handles and keypads
  • If you feel anxious about visiting please stay at home or wear a facemask or other PPE which makes you feel more at ease
  • You are not permitted to stay overnight
  • Please do not congregate on the pontoons or socialise in any groups

The Waterfront is likely to be closed for some time yet sadly with all our events postponed until further notice.

We will be working over the coming days to plan on which parts of the marina and services we can start up again. This will be when suitable risk assesements have been finalised and we have the appropriate PPE and signage in place.

For now we will be continuing to check the marina with the small number of staff who are still working and not furloughed.

As a small family business this has been and continues to be an extraordinarily turbulent, testing, stressful and emotional time.

We are extremely grateful for all your support past and present and desperately hope we can get back to some sort of normality as soon as possible.

We will continue to contact you by e-mail and post updates on social media with developments as they happen

Please continue to e-mail info@yorkmarina.co.uk or contact us through facebook if you have any queries or concerns.

 

Covid 19 Update: 30th April 2020

As many people are now starting to become bored and looking for things to do please take note…

In a national effort to defeat the spread of Coronovirus, in line with government guidelines the marina is currently closed. The Governments current advice on reducing the spread of the virus is to NOT undertake any unessential travel.

“Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People must remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk”.

We have a small number of staff that are currently keeping an eye on the marina and doing periodic safety checks. All other staff have been furloughed until we can re-open properly. This means we are currently not able to lift boats or offer any other services until further notice.

If you have any particular concerns for whatever reason please e-mail info@yorkmarina.co.uk and we will respond as soon as possible. We are also contactable through our social media platforms should you prefer.

We are committed to doing all we can to protect our families, colleagues and customers at this difficult time.

We look forward to welcoming you to our marina in happier times in the near future.

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