Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Please read our latest Coronavirus related news and updates on this web page

Please also see our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and our liveaboard information page, and remember to get in touch if you have any further questions.

(Page last updated 08 January)

Third National Lockdown from 06 January 2021

On 4 January the Government announced further national lockdown measures. The full details can be found on the Government website.

The main requirement of the restrictions for those living in England is to stay at home. You may only leave your home for specific reasons as detailed within the Government guidance. Travel is only permitted under specific circumstances and even then the advice is to stay local wherever possible. This includes travelling by boat. You should not be making short trips or breaks on your boat for leisure purposes, these are classed as non-essential journeys.

Travelling on the waterways should be limited to essential use only. Boaters who are not currently occupying their boat should not take short overnight breaks on their boat during the period. Those living aboard are advised to limit their navigation, moving only a minimal amount to access essential facilities or services when necessary. Our COVID-19 information for liveaboard boaters has details of local services which remain open.

Leaving your home to exercise is permitted once a day provided relevant guidelines are followed. We ask that anybody wishing to exercise on the Broads is mindful of social distancing with anybody they come into contact with and to be aware of the impact on emergency services should they get into difficulty.

Local police including Broads Beat will be undertaking patrols to ensure that the lockdown restrictions are being followed in the Broads.

Guidance table for different activities

Overnight stays on boats

Essential travel only during the lockdown - travel on waterways and overnight stays are only permitted where the boat is your permanent residence or it is necessary for work, education or similar reasons.

Boat maintenance

Maintaining second homes, caravans, boats and other assets is not generally a reasonable excuse for leaving home.

However, people may leave home to secure their second home, caravan or boat in order to avoid it posing a risk of harm/injury to themselves or others.

Overnight stays in holiday lets

No overnight stays outside of local area, unless necessary for work, education or similar reasons.

Canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and other exercise

These forms of exercise are allowed during the lockdown subject to social contact rules.

Outdoor recreation or exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).

You should only leave the house to exercise once a day.

See more information on the British Canoeing website.


An updated news release from the Angling Trust (07 January) states that recreational angling is now allowed as a form of exercise during the National Lockdown.

The advice from the Angling Trust is that you should 'only fish locally' and 'if you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways'.

Overnight fishing is not allowed.

The Authority and our partners at Norfolk Police urge anglers to stay in their local area if they wish to go fishing, including if they choose to do so from a boat.

You can read more information on the Angling Trust website.

BSS Certificates

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) has advised the Authority that it is following current UK Government guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes. BSS examinations will therefore continue where it is safe and possible to do so.

The advice for boat owners is to continue to contact an examiner to arrange their boat’s examination as per usual if one is required. Current BSS Certification expiry dates are not being extended as they were last year.

If you are tolling your vessel and have not been able to undertake a valid BSS examination due to COVID-19, please email our tolls department (or call 01603 756080) and explain your individual circumstances. The Authority will need to evaluate each owner's extenuating circumstances to decide if a toll can be issued.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Other information

Impact on the Broads Authority

We have issued guidance from Public Health England to our staff and members on how they need to respond, including additional hygiene measures that must be put in place (particularly in our premises) to prevent further spreading of the infection.


All Authority committee meetings will continue to take place online. Meetings with public access will be livestreamed. Details can be found on the Broads Authority website.

Events programme

We have cancelled our events programme for the near future. If you have seen promotion of a Broads Authority event online or elsewhere this has now been cancelled unless stated otherwise.

Day to day operations

Our office has have reduced staffing levels to minimise contact between employees. The majority of office employees are working from home, and our reception is closed to the public. Staffing of reception will continue so phone calls and deliveries can be taken. Toll payments can be taken by phone, post or online.

Our operational work will continue until further notice as this takes place in mostly remote locations.

If you suspect you may be unwell please do not visit any of our premises. If you have a query we will be happy to assist you over the phone (01603 610734) or through our contact form.

Planning queries

In accordance with current Government guidance, most of our Planning Officers are working from home. We are encourage the public to use the planning email for correspondence, rather than calling, as this will enable your enquiry to be dealt with more quickly.

Information centres and Yacht Stations

As stated above, our Tourist Information Centres at Hoveton and How Hill are closed as are the Yacht Stations at Reedham, Norwich and Great Yarmouth.


Unfortunately, all volunteering activities with the Broads Authority have ceased until further notice.

Information for businesses

Click on the links below for useful information for tourism businesses:

Information for businesses and visitors is also on the Visit the Broads website.

Health information sources

Check these sites for the latest advice:

Use NHS 111, pharmacies and GPs responsibly, and only go to hospital if you really need to. See: When to go to A&E

Friday 8 January 2021