Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough may still be closed but Harbour Master Kevin Baird has given berth holders a very clear and concise set of guidance notes detailing what to expect when it reopens and indeed something to look forward to after the weeks of shutdown.
Kevin Baird says “ We have been considering how we may enable berth holders to use the Marina facilities whilst adhering to the Health Protection Regulations and the new government guidelines. The health and safety of you, our contractors and our team is absolutely paramount during this time. Everyone is reminded of the need to practice and always maintain adequate social distancing. We urge berth holders to exercise caution and common sense, only visit their boats in line with the government guidelines and maintain social distancing at all times”.
As there is a lot of guidance available (some of it conflicting) the Marina management has tried to take a common-sense approach in applying them to the Marina and so in a very detailed list entitled *Marina Facilities – what to expect* sets out important points covering every aspect of the facility.
Advice is given on how to handle choke points in Marina access with white lines painted on the ramp and on the ground outside the gates. Potable water hoses have been removed to prevent cross-contamination – you can bring your own. In the marina building, the toilet area will be open with certain restriction and a general waste bin and recycling bins will be placed outside the entrance. Even though the marina reception is open, management would prefer to deal with enquiries by telephone, radio, or email. Guidance is clear on how to navigate the pontoons and on how contractors working on the site should adhere to the safety protocols.
Mr Baird also refers to the RYA guidance on *Going Afloat *which states “Even though there is a clear distinction between what the law requires us to do and what the guidance advises us to do, these are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures and in modern times considerable personal sacrifice”.
The information finishes “These strange times will not last forever, and the sea will still offer solace when we all need it, and when the time is right”.
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