FOLLOWING the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions, some boats will be able to start operating from Lyme Regis harbour as of today (May 13).
Since the lockdown was introduced at the end of May, only commercial fishermen have been able to make use of the harbour and the public have been advised against using the water for leisure and recreational purposes.
As of today, leisure vessel movements will be permitted from Lyme Regis harbour for day trips with members of the same household, but no overnight trips are permitted.
Commercial vessels may continue to operate subject to the criteria for essential work.
Passenger carrying vessels, including charter boats, are considered to be part of the leisure and hospitality section to be considered later in the government’s roadmap to recovery, so these are still not permitted to operate.
Private leisure mooring holders who are currently in the water can now use the harbour. Those who require boat lifts to return to the water can book these from Tuesday, May 19. Mooring holders who require the use of the slipway should do this by booking via the harbour office from May 19, all by appointment only.
The slipway will open for mooring holders on May 19 by booking via the harbour office but will remain closed to the general public until Saturday, May 23. Vessels should book the use of the slipway via the harbour office.
There will be no pontoons installed until further notice. All launched vessels will need to be removed from the harbour on the same day as no overnight moorings will be available.
No visiting vessels will be accepted at this stage as most of these are considered to be ‘overnight aways’ which are not approved in the government guidance. Social distancing can also not be achieved for visiting craft.
The harbour office and associated facilities will remain closed and requests to see staff should be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01297 442137. If a contractor is required to visit a boat, approval must be given by the the harbour office by email in advance.
Owners, agents, charterers, marinas, yacht clubs and recreational sailing organisations should ensure that these measures are made known to the masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.
The above measures, which also apply to West Bay harbour, will be reviewed regularly in line with government guidance.
Harbourmaster James Radcliffe said: “Please help us to maintain a safe COVID-19 free environment by applying the government guidance and consider your own, my staff and other harbour users’ safety.”