Marine / Use of recreational boats ‘not essential activity’ during lockdown

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PEOPLE are being reminded that the use of recreational boats and craft is not allowed while lockdown restrictions remain in place as it is not considered “essential activity”.

A notice to mariners has been issued by Shetland Islands Council informing operators of facilities such as marinas,  pontoons and slipways to keep them closed to recreational craft so far as is possible.

“Journeys to these types of facilities to carry out general maintenance other than essential servicing it is not considered as essential travel should not be carried out,” the notice said.

Operation of facilities in support of commercial craft are not affected by the current measures.

It comes after the RNLI and coastguard advised people to stay off the water during the lockdown phase.

Aith lifeboat coxswain John Robertson said a call-out could see crews at risk of catching or spreading coronavirus.