On Thursday 3rd July 2020 the First Minister announced some relaxation of Phase 2 restrictions of the Scot Gov route map for moving out of lockdown.
Individual sports and trade bodies have their own guidance on Phase 2 measures. Please read and understand them. These guidelines are concerned with the use of harbour facilities:
- Arrival – there is no car parking available at the harbour
- Seating around the harbour is extremely limited
- Movement around the harbour – be considerate and maintain social distance
- Use of facilities – leave it clean – bring sanitising and cleaning material with you
- Specific areas of the harbour may remain closed to discourage public gathering
Scottish Government advice and guidance should always be followed
- Physical distancing requirements are still in place Children over 11 years and adults must stay a minimum distance of 2 meters apart when meeting others from outside their household.
- Meeting others is limited – No gathering of more than 8 people is permitted
Specific guidance on meeting others outdoors is published here https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/meeting-others/The fundamentals of hygiene continue to apply when participating in outdoors activity: avoid touching surfaces with your hands, sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face. Please follow advice on the NHS Inform website about hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
All users should be mindful of their impact on other harbour users:
- Maintain a 2m social distance at all times – except children 11 years and under. Allow extra time to get afloat; at busy times you may have to wait while others, including members of the public, move around you.
- Be considerate when preparing and moving equipment. Do not leave equipment unattended in areas where others move around. On the beach, safe passage for the public must be maintained.
- Be prepared to cancel your plans. If the harbour is too busy to ensure safe social distancing come back another time. The harbour (or certain areas) may be closed at the discretion of the Harbour Master; please respect his decisions.
- Be conservative when planning any activity and stay well within your capabilities.
- “Assume it’s infected – leave it clean”. Bring material with you to clean public surfaces and hands
- If you need to make use of someone else’s property for access (boat, ladder, punt; etc) – seek permission – leave it clean
- Gloves may protect you, but they can transfer virus from one surface to another – leave it clean
- The washdown facility is open but should be cleaned before and after use.
- If you intend going afloat alone, please consider;
- using RYA SafeTrx https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/safe-boating/keep-in-touch/Pages/safetrx.aspx or What3words https://what3words.com/
- carrying a VHF radio
- making sure someone knows where you are and when you are due back
- The Harbour Master’s Office is out of bounds. To contact the Harbour Master, use the phone, email, or talk outside maintaining the appropriate social distance.
- A contractor’s compound is still on the Esplanade and is in use. Do not take vehicles on to the Esplanade. Do not leave boats on the Esplanade.
Further changes likely:
- A one-way system may be introduced across the back of the harbour as other facilities and contractors working on the north west wall return; please observe.
Secretary & Harbour Manager