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(Page last updated 02 December)

New guidance from 2 December

As of today (2 December) the national lockdown restrictions have been relaxed with the country moving to a tier based system of restrictions. The table below summarises how boating activities on the Broads are affected by the latest Government guidance.

Norfolk and Suffolk are currently in tier 2.

Please refer to Tier 2: High alert - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for full guidance relating to tier 2.

Guidance table for different activities in the Broads from 2 December

ActivityGuidance
Overnight stays on boats

Tier 1

Permitted - With household, support bubble or up to 6 people in Tier 1.

Tier 2

Permitted - With household or support bubble in Tier 2.

Tier 3

People should avoid traveling in or out of a tier 3 area unless for the exceptional circumstances. People who live outside a tier 3 area should avoid entering or making overnight stays there, unless necessary for activity such as work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if travelling through as part of a longer journey. This is the case even for people who live in a different tier 3 area.

Boat maintenance

Tiers 1 and 2

Permitted - People can travel to a tier 1 or 2 area to maintain assets including second homes, caravans and boats.

Tier 3

Tier 3 residents are permitted to travel or make overnight stays outside their local area if it is necessary to maintain assets such as second homes, caravans and boats.

Overnight stays in holiday lets

Tier 1

Permitted - With household, support bubble or up to 6 people in Tier 1.

Tier 2

Permitted - With household or support bubble in Tier 2.

Tier 3

No overnight stays outside of local area, unless necessary for work, education or similar reasons in Tier 3.

Canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and other water sportsPermitted under all tiers but subject to social contact restrictions at each tier.
Motor boating day tripsPermitted under all tiers but subject to social contact restrictions at each tier.
Hire boatsPermitted under all tiers but subject to social contact restrictions at each tier.
AnglingPermitted under all tiers but subject to social contact restrictions at each tier.

Please note that the above guidance is the Authority's interpretation only and if you have any doubts we encourage you to read the relevant Government guidance.

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.

Meetings

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 by email.

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.

Volunteering

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

Wednesday 2 December 2020