COVID 19 Phase 1 Guidance – Issue 1 – 29 May 2020

On Thursday 28th May 2020 the First Minister announced that from 29th May water sports would be included in the list of exercise and activity permitted during Phase 1 of the Scot Gov route map for moving out of lockdown.

Individual sports and trade bodies have their own guidance on Phase 1 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 People must stay a minimum distance of 2 meters apart when meeting others from outside their household.

Travel is still restricted. You are permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but strongly advised to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel or cycle where possible

Meeting others is limited You may meet up with another household outdoors in small numbers, less than 8, but with physical distancing required and only meet with one other household per day.

No public gatherings are permitted Except for meetings of two households, outdoors and with physical distancing

• This means that events such as organised races, club trips and events that would involve people from more than two households meeting at the harbour are not permitted.

Specific guidance on meeting others outdoors and travel for exercise is published here . 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.
Some guidance:

All users should be mindful of their impact on other harbour users:

• Maintain a 2m social distance at all times. 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. No group activities are allowed during Phase 1.

• “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 can create a pinch point – do not use. It may be locked off.

• If you intend going afloat alone, please consider;

Some rules:

• 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 will be live from 1st June. Do not take vehicles on to the Esplanade. Do not leave boats on the Esplanade.

Further changes likely:

• A one-way system is likely to be introduced across the back of the harbour as other facilities and contractors working on the north west wall return; please observe.

Regards

Bill Roberts
Secretary & Harbour Manager
North Berwick Harbour Trust Association
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North Berwick Harbour COVID 19 Restrictions

The harbour is closed for all recreational use. No leisure craft may launch from the harbour, slipway or piers.

Commercial Fishermen and other working boats may continue to operate but must follow the Scottish and/or UK government guidance for safe working practices. The following links give general government and RYA advice for sailors.

www.gov.uk covid 19 shipping and sea ports guidance

www.forthports.co.uk Notice to Mariners COVID 19 Guidance

www.rya.org.uk coronavirus advice and information for recreational use

East Lothian Council harbour protocol: Notice to Mariners

Beach Huts – 2020 season


The NBHTA beach huts on the harbour esplanade will soon be opening again. We have huts available for rent for the 2020 summer season. These are available to local community groups or individuals who could benefit from a space to support their cause or display their products. Preference will be given to schemes which support the charitable objectives of NBHTA (found on our website www.nbharbour.org.uk) For further details please contact our Chairperson Jane; contact details at our website.

Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm

Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Ltd (NnGOWL) are submitting an application to Marine Scotland for safety zones at the Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm. As required under the guidance on such applications and in line with the standard process, NnGOWL are undertaking consultation with ports deemed local to the project.

The application can be found here

Co-op Fundraising

The current round of the Co-op Local Community Fund scheme has completed. We are delighted to report that NBHTA received over £1000 thanks to Co-op customers registering to support us. This money will be used for new safety equipment around the harbour.

Our friends and neighbours, the North Berwick RLNI are one of the recipients on the latest round of the Co-op community fund. Hopefully they will be supported as generously as we have been.

Thanks to all that contributed.

RNLI Fete 2019. Vintage cars on the Esplanade

This year’s RNLI Fete will be held on Saturday 27th July at the Lifeboat Shed and beach front.

  • Town Parade starts at 12.30 to be joined by pipe band
  • Lifeboat Queen crowning at 1.00pm followed by official opening
  • Live Band
  • Steak Rolls
  • Hoopla
  • Face Painting
  • Stocks
  • Home Baking
  • Grand Raffle Draw 4.00pm

This year the vintage car display will assemble on the Esplanade from about 11.30am prior to their parade around town.

The vintage vehicles will return to the Esplanade and will remain on display to the public through the afternoon until about 4.00pm

Access to all harbour facilities will be maintained throughout the day.

Beach Huts – 2019 season


The NBHTA beach huts on the harbour esplanade will soon be opening again. We have huts available for rent for the 2019 summer season. These are available to local community groups or individuals who could benefit from a space to support their cause or display their products. Preference will be given to schemes which support the charitable objectives of NBHTA (found on our website www.nbharbour.org.uk) For further details please contact our Chairperson Jane; contact details at our website.

Fundraising with Co-op membership


NBHTA have joined the Co-op Local Community Fund scheme. If you register to support us then when you buy Co-op branded goods in store, and present your card, our fund will benefit.

If you are already a Co-op Member, you can easily find us and choose us as your cause – just copy and paste the link.

https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/29336

If you don’t have a membership card:

• Ask for a temporary card in-store and pay £1 (and start contributing immediately) then register your card online (https://www.coop.co.uk/membership ) or by phone.

OR

• Apply for a card online and pay £1 (https://www.coop.co.uk/membership )

Remember to select your chosen good cause – for the avoidance of doubt that’s NBHTA!!