Dun Laoghaire Marina remains open and fully operational amid the ongoing Covid-19 disruption, its management have confirmed.
In a statement, the marina’s general manager Paul Janson said: “We all need a safe port in a storm and in the current worrying times, we wanted to tell you what we are doing to help reduce the stress and uncertainty that you are likely going through.
“At the marina, we are listening to and following the advice of the HSE, the Dept of Transport and DLRCoCo. We are developing our Business Continuity Plan to maintain the best possible service and security should anything change with business as usual.
“At this time, we are open and fully operational. Our teams are out checking your boat, your fenders and lines on a daily basis. It is our hope that this service will be maintained throughout, no matter how severe conditions become.
“We understand that marina operational staff have been allowed to continue this work in Spain despite that country being in lockdown and boat owners excluded, we hope that avenue will still be available to us here in Ireland.”
Janson emphasised to marina users that they “may not self-isolate onboard your boat within Dun Laoghaire Marina. If you are self-isolating and you’re concerned about your boat, please get in touch over email or phone and we will keep an extra-close eye on your boat.”
He added: “Please also consider the health of our small team of marina staff. Only visit the office if it is absolutely necessary, payments for electricity, etc must be cashless at this stage.
“When you see staff out and about on the marina, please remember to adhere to social isolation/separation guidelines and let them get on with the important work at hand. If/when staff have to self-isolate because of the virus, it will have a knock-on effect on the services we provide. We are planning for this eventuality also.
“These are hard times; social isolation, we are slowly discovering, is not some mid-term break with the kids. Government announcements, daily press conferences are draining on our mental health. We will get through this; your boat will be waiting for you and the summer will be a memorable one.
“Stay safe, stay sane and see you out on the water again.”