Last updated: 11th June 2020

Lockdown restrictions are being lifted all the time, as we return to a degree of normality. However, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest boating rules.

To give you a clearer picture, here’s an overview of what the Canal & River Trust and the Residential Boat Owners’ Association have said.

Canal & River Trust

  • Most of the Trust’s navigations are open, with a few exceptions that are listed in its stoppage notices. Some staff-operated structures need advance booking while other locks remain closed with small periods of time allocated for boat movements. Please check its latest update on this.
  • Boats on Welsh canals must follow the latest advice from the Welsh Government. This may be different to the advice that applies to England.
  • If you’re planning to canoe, kayak or paddle board on the Trust’s waterways, please read its guidance on coronavirus and paddle sports.
  • If you’re using a towpath, please follow the government’s advice on social distancing at all times. Keep your distance from both other people and moored boats, where people may be living aboard and could be self-isolating or shielding.
  • If you’re planning to fish on our waterways, please read our guidance on coronavirus and angling before setting off.

For more information, check out the Trust’s coronavirus FAQs page.

The Residential Boat Owners’ Association

  • Private leisure boating has resumed for day trips on all of the Association’s navigable waterways from 1 June.
  • The Association has now completed a thorough (reach-by-reach) inspection of river channels, marked hazards, checked the operational condition of our assets and issued safety advice to protect river users. Where it has identified hazards, it may have to minimise movement on those reaches until any essential maintenance work is completed.
  • Urgent maintenance work will continue throughout June and local restrictions will be lifted wherever possible by 1 July.
  • From 1 June, normal time restrictions for the Association’s short stay moorings have been reinstated. This means that people currently moored on its short stay moorings will need to resume cruising or return to their permanent mooring.

You can find more information here.

Questions about your policy?

If you have any questions regarding your insurance, please log in to your online account. From here you can access all your insurance documentation and this will explain the conditions of your policy in more detail. We’ve also compiled a list of FAQs.

If you are having severe financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19, we have a number of options that may be available to you including payment deferrals. Please contact us and we can discuss the possible options with you.

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