Coronavirus guidance for boaters updated

Published: Wednesday, 24 February 2021

FOLLOWING the government’s update on coronavirus Canal & River Trust has updated its guidance for boaters.

But this still remains virtually the same at present, with the notice that all navigation in England and Wales should remain limited to essential use only, and that the guidance from the government is being closely monitored, with updates as the situation alters.

No overnight breaks

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. 

Boat licence terms and conditions regarding moving every 14 days will be suspended until the restrictions come to an end. 


The trust's interpretation of the government's 'roadmap' is that there is no change until Step 1 part 2, potentially from 29th March, when it is anticipated that the official stay at home order will end but people will be encouraged to stay local. Limited local boat movement may be possible but you should avoid travelling if your boat is not located close to where you live, and only those living aboard are permitted to make an overnight stay.

In Step 2, from no earlier than 12th April, holiday lets are expected to reopen.  it is believed that at this point cruising can be done freely and overnight stays on boats and holiday hire boating will be allowed, as long as you are one household or support bubble. The boat movement suspension will be lifted (with boats required again to move every 14 days).

In Step 3, from no earlier than 17th May, indoor mixing on your boat will be allowed with up to six people or, if it is more people, two households.

The trust is awaiting further guidance on advice for Wales.