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Boat and plane owners told to adhere to strict social distancing rules

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PLEASURE boating is being strongly discouraged during the current situation.

QE2 Marina. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 27878724)

The States of Guernsey has received several enquiries from boat and aircraft owners asking if they can access their vessels in the marinas, or planes, during the lockdown.

Guernsey Ports is providing additional advice, based on guidance from the States of Guernsey’s Public Health Services. Pleasure boating – using any type of vessel, whether motorised or not – is not considered to be an essential activity or an open sea activity for the purpose of health and welfare.

Therefore it is strongly discouraged at this time but walking or cycling to visit a vessel on its mooring or berth, or to a private aircraft to carry out basic maintenance checks could be part of the two-hour period of exercise in every 24-hour period.

Boat and private aircraft owners and operators must adhere to the strict social distancing rules currently in place when visiting vessels and aircraft, especially in confined spaces.

Surfaces and objects that are touched regularly, should be frequently cleaned and disinfected thoroughly using appropriate products and equipment.

A new Local Notices to Mariners and Notice to Airmen will be issued to reflect this latest guidance. In addition, any private aircraft movements to or from Guernsey or Alderney Airports need to apply for prior permission as part of their flight planning.

Nigel Baudains

By Nigel Baudains
News reporter

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