COVID-19: Latest Government Update

Government COVID Update March 2021

RBOA has received the following update on 23rd February from Fran

Read, CRT’s National Press Officer:

Following the Government’s update on Covid-19, we have updated our

guidance for boaters.

Please visit our website for further information.

Navigation in England and Wales should remain limited to essential

use only. We are closely monitoring the guidance and will confirm any

update on cruising as soon as we can.

Boaters who are not currently occupying their boat should not take short

overnight breaks on their boat during the period. Those living aboard

are advised to limit their navigation, moving only a minimal amount

to access essential facilities or services when necessary. Please moor


Boat Licence Terms & Conditions regarding moving every 14 days will be

suspended until the restrictions come to an end. If you have any questions,

please contact your licence support officer.

How does the Government’s roadmap apply to boating?

We believe that the Government’s roadmap applies to boating in

England in the following ways – please note that this is subject to further


There is no change until Step 1 part 2, potentially from 29 March, when

it is anticipated that the official stay at home order will end but people

will be encouraged to stay local. Limited local boat movement may be

possible but you should avoid travelling if your boat is not located close

to where you live, and only those living aboard are permitted to make an

overnight stay.

In Step 2, from no earlier than 12th April, holiday lets are expected to

reopen. We believe that at this point cruising can be done freely and

overnight stays on boats and holiday hire boating will be allowed, as

long as you are one household or support bubble. The boat movement

suspension will be lifted (with boats required again to move every 14


In Step 3, from no earlier than 17 May, indoor mixing on

your boat will be allowed with up to six people or, if it is

more people, two households.

We are awaiting further guidance on advice for Wale