ALL CUSTOMERS PERMITTED TO RETURN TO BOATING FROM FRIDAY 3RD JULY
27th June 2020
CUSTOMERS from further afield will now be able to visit and stay overnight on their boats once again following this week’s surprise announcement by the Scottish Government that travel restrictions for leisure purposes in Scotland are being eased from Friday 3rd July.
The use of second homes and self-catering accommodation without shared facilities will also be permitted in Scotland from 3rd July, which indicates boat owners will now be able to stay overnight on their vessels at last.
At Ardfern we welcomed the statement from RYA Scotland regarding the sudden easing of ‘the stay local’ restrictions on travel in Scotland:-
RYA Scotland, chief executive officer, James Allan said this was ‘really good news for the boating community’.
“We have patiently waited for the moment we will be able to travel to our clubs, marinas, moorings or lochs and now we can see this is just around the corner. I don’t think anyone was expecting this but sometimes the surprises are nice ones,” said Mr Allan.
“For all of us this is a huge relief. There are many boat owners concerned about missing essential annual maintenance who can now look forward to going to their boats on 3rd July to start this process. For others it is the opportunity to get back to their favourite boating locations and get on the water again.
“Our advice remains the same, to be considerate of others and conservative in the risks we take in going afloat. Covid-19 has not gone away and we do need to remain mindful of the impact of our presence in remote coastal and island communities when the opportunity to cruise more widely becomes available,” he added.
Cleaning procedures across the site at Ardfern have been increased and we remind all customers to adhere to the current Government recommended social distancing guidelines and our AYC Covid-19 Customer Protocol at all times.
We very much look forward to welcoming all our customers back to the Yacht Centre from the end of next week and wish you all an enjoyable time afloat for the remainder of the season.
Andrew and Joanna Ashton and all the team at Ardfern.
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