Restrictions Eased For Boating and River Life – And Beach Huts

Following the Government announcement on Sunday 10 May, from Wednesday 13 May, unlimited outdoor activity is permitted in England and this will include all forms of boating and fishing.

At Woodbridge The Tide Mill Marina is open for boat owners – and electric hook-ups are now available for those who want to get their craft ship shape and ready for the water.

The public mooring at Ha’penny pier in Harwich will remain closed until clearer clarification from the government has been given.

But Shotley marina is re-opening for repairs and visiting yachtsmen and fishermen, and the Harwich Haven Authority, which oversees all sailing activity in the estuary between Felixstowe, Harwich and Shotley, has confirmed leisure sailing and fishing will be allowed to resume.

Felixstowe Foot Ferry is also hoping to resume operations on their route from Felixstowe to Harwich and Shotley, on Saturday June 16th, once official clearance is confirmed.

Passenger numbers will be restricted to 12 per journey with social distancing guidelines to be observed.

HHA released a statement which said:

“In line with the latest advice, the Authority can confirm that it is now permissible to use the waters of the Haven for boating and angling. If your boat is kept in a marina or other facility, then you will need to liaise directly with them to arrange access to your boat.

“Please be mindful that these facilities will need to put measures in place to ensure your and their own staff safety before granting access.  Safety of all stakeholders on the Haven’s waters is paramount. If you do choose to venture out onto the water once again, please be mindful of your actions and make sure that they are not likely to increase risks to any other people using those waters.

“All leisure vessels users should also be advised that the Royal Yachting Association makes it clear in their latest statement that they are still ‘engaging with the RNLI and representatives from the ports and leisure marine industry to help ensure a safe return to recreational boating activity. –”

Shotley marina is also looking at returning to full operational activities and have put a number of measures in place to make it Covid Safe:

  1. Social distancing is to be maintained at all times whilst you are here at the marina.
    2. The ablution blocks will be fully open from the weekends. There will be a restriction of five people at any one time in the showers to maintain social distancing.
    3. For the time being the Control Tower will remain closed until we have put in place screens for the reception area and then it will be only one member of the public permitted at a time. Hand sanitizer will be available.
  2. We will no longer be accepting parcels on behalf of berth holders in the Control Tower. We will be asking delivery companies to place any parcels in storage boxes located outside the  entrance at the top of the stairs.
    5. The workshop will be closed to the public for the time being. If you need work done please call or email Martin at

.Meanwhile East Suffolk Council has issued the following statement regarding the use of beach huts and chalets:

“The Council licences land for private beach huts to be placed on in Felixstowe, Pakefield, Southwold and other areas and, as such, the use of these huts are at the discretion of the owner.

In terms of the chalets and huts that are in Council ownership, licences are provided to individuals for exclusive access and these are not considered public use buildings. It is up to the determination of the licence holder whether they wish to use their property or access their exclusive-use Council-owned hut or chalet as a family unit, making their own decisions based on their individual situation and the current government-issued guidelines. From Wednesday 13 May, this includes sitting in public open spaces and unlimited outdoor exercising.

Mental and physical health and well-being is important for all at this time; however the Council ask that people strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines if using their huts and chalets. For example, sitting outside the front of huts may not allow enough space of 2 metres for the public to walk past safely.

If further restrictions are implemented by the Government, East Suffolk Council will reconsider the situation and release a statement accordingly.”



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