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European Nations Easing Boating Restrictions!

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    Further relaxation measures introduced for maritime traffic

    Porto Montenegro welcomes the new measures
    With Montenegro having no cases of Covid-19 and no new cases in the last 28 days, the Montenegrin government has introduced further relaxation measures for maritime traffic – in particular international arrivals.
    As confimed by Porto Montenegro, the country’s borders are now open to all countries that have fewer than 25 people infected with Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants. Yacht arrivals from those countries will not need to be quarantined.

    In addition to the measures related to maritime, all businesses and services in Montenegro are now open and fully functioning.
    In a statement, Porto Montenegro says: “The Montenegrin government has been extremely successful in eliminating Covid-19 from the country. As a result, Porto Montenegro fully supports all measures currently in place, which allow our industries to successfully operate, whilst keeping everyone safe.

    ”Implemented procedures include easily available testing on Covid-19 for all our clients and staff, special luggage disinfection for the marina and hotel guests, daily maintenance of high hygiene standards across the entire marina and nautical village.”
    Porto Montenegro claims to be the Mediterranean’s leading full-service marina and luxury residential village, offering marina 450 berths, 300 apartments and over 80 retail units. It is located in the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor.


    British Marine welcomes decision that allows all forms of watersports to take place

    As of today, all forms of watersports in England, including the use of privately-owned motorised craft, is permitted to go ahead. This is in stark contrast to the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where marinas have been ordered to remain closed.

    In guidance issued for England this morning, the UK government confirmed that: “All forms of watersports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.”
    The news follows the publication, earlier this week, of the UK government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy for England which provides key information regarding what the population can do away from their homes.
    This includes:
    As well as exercise, spending time outdoors
    Exercise outside as many times each day as people wish
    Driving to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance
    Day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle

    The news has been welcomed by UK trade association British Marine, whose 1,600-plus members are drawn from the UK’s leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industries.
    However, while restrictions on outdoor activities have been lifted, British Marine says that many of its members’ facilities have not had the time to implement the measures set out by government to safely manage the gathering of people on their sites.

    British Marine is therefore urging all boat owners to consider the following before they plan a day trip to their boat:
    Plan ahead – ensure the safety of those around you and try to avoid areas that may attract lots of people
    Check with your mooring provider before you travel. Be aware that many facilities may not yet be able to open and this could affect services such as fuel and pump-out stations
    Only use your boat if you can apply social distancing at all times, including when mooring your vessel to leave a safe distance from others
    Travel with members of your household only, if no one in the group is displaying COVID-19 symptoms

    You may only meet with people that are not within your household if you apply social distancing. You should not meet with more than one person outside your household
    Be aware of the impact on emergency services if you were to get into difficulties. Think about what action you will take if your boat breaks down – recovery services may not be operating
    Apply all normal sensible safety precautions and always wear a life jacket when on deck

    Pubs and restaurants are not allowed to open as normal – although some may offer takeaway services. Check with any businesses you wish to visit before you leave home
    Be caring and considerate of local residents who may be nervous about the risks of increased numbers of people in the area
    It should also be noted that the government does not permit the population 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.

    British Marine understands that inland navigation authorities and harbour authorities will also have to consider the government’s latest guidance in respect of what activities will be permitted across all parts of the UK and how they themselves will return to operation.
    British Marine can confirm that the Canal & River Trust and the Broads is able to welcome boaters back from today. On the Canal & River Trust waterways short boating trips can take place – avoiding use of locks and any staff-operated structures if possible – providing, as per current government guidance, boaters do not stay away from home overnight and return to home moorings (where possible).


    Business has resumed under new safety guidelines

    Restrictions were eased for Turkish yacht charter businesses on June 1, allowing them to resume business under new safety measures.
    Turkey first entered lockdown on March 24, putting a halt to any charter firm wanting to prepare their vessels for the summer season. Although few companies expect much industry movement in June, many are quickly getting ready for an eventual return to business – most likely in July.
    Under new guidelines, Turkish yachts can now charter at their usual capacity if the passengers are from the same family or the same group of friends. If not, they have to be low-capacity charters that take social distancing into account.

    Disinfection of the yacht needs to take place before and after each group, and control of the disinfection documents will be overseen by port authorities.
    During the charter, new passengers will not be allowed onboard the yacht. Food should be served in maximum hygienic conditions, or in packaging if possible.
    Before the outbreak of Covid-19, Turkish yacht tourism was expected to peak in 2020 after the previous year’s low tourist numbers. Charter companies had a high number of bookings for the summer but after the outbreak most international bookings were postponed.

    In Turkey, yacht charter is more popular with foreign tourists than locals. However, international flights are not available at the moment. They are expected to resume in mid-June.


    In a positive sign, the French and Spanish maritime sectors have this week relaxed their Covid-19 restrictions on boating activities

    In a positive sign, the French and Spanish maritime sectors have this week relaxed their Covid-19 restrictions as the respective governments look to open the sectors as Europe enters the summer holiday season.

    In France, a new decree this week (n° 2020-663 ) repealed the decree of 11 May 2020, meaning nautical activities are no longer subject to authorisation by the prefect in individual departments, at the request of the Mayor. Prefects, however, retain the power to implement restrictive measures locally if they feel the situation warrants it.

    The French measures focus predominantly on ‘sea and river activities’, beaches and lakes, etc. but there are still strong restrictions in place for water-borne passenger transportation such as ferries.
    In Spain, the industry’s national association ANEN reported this week that a ‘progressive de-escalation for recreational boating continues’. The new Order SND/487/2020 stated that recreational navigation would be allowed to ‘all people who are in the same province, island or autonomous city in which the boat is moored.’ Occupancy on board is extended to 75% of the people authorised on the boat’s certificate, up to 10 people.

    Recreational boats (jet skis etc) can be rented, including leasing, by people who are in the same province, island or autonomous city where the rental companies are located. In all cases, use will be limited to the nearby waters of the territories of the province, island or territorial area of reference.
    The Spanish government has deemed this to be Phase II, with Phase III being recreational nautical activities with no limitations.
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