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Covid-19 Marine closures

Date published: 23 March 2020

Statement by Board of Sail Scotland 23rd March 2020

Further to the advice issued by the Scottish Government and the UK Government on Sunday 22nd March the board of Sail Scotland recommend member; sites, pontoons, moorings, retail and businesses close with immediate effect. This is in line with other trade bodies across holiday caravan, camping and campervan sites, attractions, restaurants, retail and work places.

This includes all cruising yachts and motor-boats and all those who rent floating pontoons, moorings or hard standing berths within marinas or boatyards. .
 
Government advice is to stay at home.
 
Whilst we acknowledge that a complete closure of all marinas would be desirable, doing so would – in some instances – result in actions contrary to the advice of Government. Where the owners of yachts have already self-isolated and are presently in situ in a marina, requiring them to return home, often a considerable distance away, would necessitate journeys of the type we are all being asked to avoid in order to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus and may send them back to the very risk they have isolated from. We also recognise marinas have permanent live-aboards within the marina.
 
The government recommendation is to stay at home and ask operators to contact all customers to advise facilities are now closed to berth holders with no new arrivals accepted.
 
Sail Scotland Board 23rd March 2020