Below are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Broads.
(Page last updated 14 July)
From 4 July boat owners and hirers are permitted to stay overnight on vessels. This is as long as Government safety guidance on social-distancing, increased hygiene measures and local instructions provided by the Broads Authority are followed.
This includes privately owned craft, and also 'self-contained' holidays on hired vessels. The guidance from the Government continues to encourage individuals to stay two metres apart from others, however where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’ (this means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission).
Stern-on mooring is permitted again in areas where it was temporarily restricted, however please continue to follow social distancing guidelines when using moorings and shared facilities. For more information on Broads Authority facilities, please see Answer 3.2 below.
You should still only meet up and stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household.
You can find more information on the Government's updated 'what you can and can't do' webpage.
You are able to visit the Broads for a number of purposes assuming you adhere to social distancing guidelines and only do so with members of your own household or your support bubble.
Below is a list of some example activities that permitted:
Access to the area for these recreational purposes is possible by driving, as well as by cycle/foot.
Please visit the Coronavirus information page for more information.
Yes you can, providing you follow social distancing guidelines.
Please consider the following points before your visit:
Finally, please be caring, kind and considerate of local residents who may be nervous about the risks of increased numbers of people accessing the Broads and the waterways.
You are able to enjoy angling on the Broads waterways now that the coarse fishing season has opened on 16 June, providing you follow local rules and have a fishing licence (purchased from the Environment Agency). Please be courteous of other river users and maintain social distancing at all times.
Night fishing is permitted from riverbanks and boats.
Yes you can, providing you follow the existing restrictions in place and maintain social distancing.
Yes - hire boat companies are currently able to operate, hiring vessels to members of a single household or support bubble. Lessons are also permitted as long as social distancing is adhered to.
Yes - from 4 July, boat hire companies that offer overnight stays are permitted to re-open as long as Government hygiene and social distancing (COVID-19 Secure guidelines) are adhered to.
During your visit, it is wise to avoid known popular Broads hotspots so that social distancing can be maintained. Litter has been a problem is some other National Parks so visitors are urged to take litter home with them, and to check toilet facilities in advance to avoid going to the toilet outside.
Yes, skippered boat trips are able to operate as long as social distancing and working safely during COVID-19 guidelines are followed.
Marina operators are able to decide the manner in which they open and the freedoms they will offer to those who have craft in their marina. If it is safe to do so, boat owners should be allowed by the marina operator to sit in, work on and use their craft, as well as take their craft out for overnight trips from 4 July.
From 4 July, the Broads Authority's Yacht Stations at Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Reedham are open.
Showers, toilets and pump out facilities are open at Yacht Stations (excluding Reedham), with additional cleaning and hygiene measures in place. Visitors can receive advice, assistance with mooring and purchase short visit tolls as usual. Toilet facilities and the Dunes River Cafe at Acle Bridge will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
To comply with new regulations, from 24 July face coverings will be required for all members of the public to enter Broads Authority Tourist Information Centres and Yacht Stations.
Although usual water and electric points are available with additional sanitisation in place, please ensure that you wash your hands before/after use.
Previous restrictions on stern-on mooring have been removed, however please be considerate and provide others with enough space to safely moor taking into account your vessel type and surroundings.
Double mooring where permitted and where social distancing can be achieved (e.g. between household groups, or those not wishing to access the bank) is still allowed on Broads Authority 24 hour moorings, however it is not permitted at Yacht Stations in order to facilitate social distancing between Broads Authority Quay Assistants and visitors who wish to moor.
As a result of this, spaces at our Yacht Stations ware limited. We therefore urge hirers to plan their journey ahead and arrive in good time before dusk, particularly at Great Yarmouth where the nearest 24 hour mooring is a considerable distance away. Hirers are encouraged to contact our Yacht Stations in advance if they are planning to arrive late on in the day to receive advice and check for availability of spaces.
Social distancing measures and one-way systems are in force at Tourist Information Centres. No Broads Authority boat trips (Ra, Liana and Electric Eel) will run at this moment in time.
Yes - Restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs (that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside) are permitted to re-open from 4 July onwards assuming they follow COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
Please contact individual businesses directly or visit their websites/social media if you require more information.
Yes - Although please remember that until 4 July private boating is permitted on the Broads waterways for day trips only.
Vessels are now expected to have valid BSS certificates, please see the BSS website for more information.
As the lockdown eases from 4 July, previous arrangements that have been made between those who live aboard and the Broads Authority are likely to change, for example those who have been staying at a Yacht Station or 24-hour mooring.
Broads Authority Rangers will communicate with those affected directly and work with individuals on a case-by-case basis.
We continue to advise any person who lives aboard their vessel and is concerned to get in touch with Broads Control and our Ranger team on 01603 756056 for help and advice.
There are no plans for a tolls discount or rebate at this moment in time. Private boats that are kept or used in the Broads navigation area or adjacent waters do still need to be tolled, regardless of whether the Government lockdown meant they could not be accessed. We fully appreciate the frustrations that some private owners have had in not being able to use their vessels during this time, coupled with financial concerns that many are facing.
We ask for your understanding that your tolls have funded essential navigation works which, because they have carried on throughout the COVID-19 shutdown, have meant that the Authority was in a position to welcome boats back to the water before other inland navigation authorities.
If you are having difficulty paying your toll or are experiencing financial concerns, the Authority will give careful consideration to exceptional circumstances. Please speak to our Tolls Team on 01603 756080 for more information and advice.
Wednesday 1 July 2020