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Aquaholics
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Hi all...With all this Corona virus i do feel for all the businesses by the water..We are due on the water in June, but not sure whether to pay the balance or not, or try and put holiday back to next year..

Nick & Tracy

"A boat is safe in the harbour, but this is not the purpose of a boat"

Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time

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Hi,
We're in the same position. We're due up there mid May.
We've taken the view that it'll be safer on the boat than back home.
If we spend the week quietly having barbecues and wild mooring so be it.

Dave and Lesley

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Mar-18-2020 @ 8:17 AM                           Permalink
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I have the double whammy of being over 70 and living in Czech Republic. I am due to take out London Bridge on 30th May for one week but it is looking unlikely that my trip will take place. At the moment all pubs,restaurants,museums,schools,etc are closed and only food shops and pharmacies remain open over here.
Best wishes to all,Brian.

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Mar-18-2020 @ 8:51 AM                           Permalink
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This from Hoseasons I think yesterday.


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Mar-18-2020 @ 10:24 AM                           Permalink
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“...but not sure whether to pay the balance or not, or try and put holiday back to next year..”

You would have to contact the holiday supplier, to see exactly what options they are offering. Unless they have made special concessions, you will be bound by the hire contract that existed at the time you booked.

But any decision must be based on your own particular circumstances. Many people, it seems, are viewing the current global health crisis as nothing to worry about, and are making no adjustments to their working/social behaviour.

At the other end of the scale, Mrs P and I are both the wrong side of 75, and Mrs P struggles with asthma. We are taking it very seriously indeed.

Even before Boris’ announcement on Monday we had decided to ‘socially isolate’ and withdrew from the numerous hobby groups (art/craft/music) to which we belong. We will be using our boat, probably more than ever, as we now have more time on our hands.

But would we hire a boat? Frankly, no, we wouldn’t, but that’s an assessment based on our circumstances. We’ve also decided our annual UK all-inclusive hotel holiday will not be booked this year.

How confident are you that the boat you hire (and this applies to any rented accommodation) will be sufficiently cleaned, over and above the normal cleaning? We are not prepared to take that risk.





"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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We have decided not to hire a boat this year 1st time in TEN years.
We are worried that the previous users of the boat could have the Virus, it can live up to 72 hours and longer on certain surfaces, it doesn't matter how well things are cleaned it can never be 100% Virus free.
It is likely Pubs and Cafe's will be closed, getting food for a week could be difficult, just the amount of bottled drinking water required will be a vast task.
Being ill on a boat and getting rescued putting even more strain on a system that is going to almost grind to a halt in the next few months.
It is just not worth the risk.

If you have your own boat then it is probably a good idea but not for us renters

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With the general level of concern regarding the spread of this Covid-19 virus I wonder if consideration is being given to the way their fleets are currently prepared/cleaned ? Has anyone any experience and/or knowledge as to whether any of the yards will be ( or already are ) implementing a more enhanced cleaning regime in between hires – possibly even to the extent of a deep clean ? Should hirers be asking pertinent questions themselves, or ought the hire yards to offer written confirmation as to the level of cleaning / surface preparation undertaken for their particular hire craft ? Some may well consider this a step too far . . . . but, is it ?

Understandably this may well impact the turnaround time on changeover days, however, the more effort put in by everyone now to curtail the spread of the infection, the sooner businesses and the public in general will recover in my opinion.

Steve.



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Latest update from the BA regarding their response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak:

https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19

Steve.

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One boat-hire company has added some advice, which includes:

"For extra peace of mind, we’ve added to our robust cleaning programme. We’ve introduced a new disinfectant that gives an extra measure of confidence. We’ve also asked our staff to follow the government’s guidelines, and self isolate if they develop a cough or temperature

We do hope that this offers you some reassurance."


I'm sorry, but that wouldn't reassure me, for the reasons already given, but I do appreciate that some people might not be so concerned.



"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Thank you all for your views on this..
We have to pay our balance towards the end of April, but the wife is getting worried the boat won't be cleaned properly, and being told to stay away from all the nice pubs on the broads..Therefore,we are going to ring Richardsons and ask to put our holiday back, if not successful, we may well kiss our £100 deposit goodbye..

Nick & Tracy

"A boat is safe in the harbour, but this is not the purpose of a boat"

Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time

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