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Hire boats back on the Broads

Just Regional
Jun 11, 2020 2 mins read

Hire boats are now allowed back on the Broads so more people can enjoy the beauty of our local waterways.

The hire boat industry has been hard hit by lockdown restrictions, and whilst overnight stays, holidays, skippered hire and public boat trips in the Broads cannot yet resume, families can now get back on the waterways for a few hours to enjoy the special qualities, wildlife and beauty, which will be a welcome escape from the challenges of the last few weeks.

Self-drive day boats, canoes and other paddle craft may be hired for the day (no overnight stays) by members of a single household or ‘support bubble’ and operators will have to fulfil requirements to observe social distancing and cleanliness guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and the public.

The Broads Authority urges anyone considering hiring a boat to think about ongoing restrictions which may require them to plan ahead by bringing drinks and picnics or finding out in advance which businesses are open. It is also 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.

For full details of the new government guidance relating to boating, click here.

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