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Customer Update 2nd July

Customer Update Thursday 2nd July 2020

Once again thank you to all our customers, contractors, and staff for their support during these unprecedented times, and we’re delighted at least now there is some return to ‘normality’ with today’s First Minister’s announcement.

This allows unrestricted travel for the purposes of leisure, so you may now visit Kip, Craobh & Fairlie Quay marinas from wherever you live.

The opening of holiday accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) is also now allowed, which means you can now stay overnight on your boat. Please note our marina toilets are still restricted access to comply with safety guidelines and our shower facilities remain closed.

Social distancing measures are still essential and currently remains at 2m.

The compulsory wearing of face masks in shops begins next week and we continue to advise the use of face masks throughout our marinas.

Please behave responsibly, follow all public health & Scottish government advice and be sensitive residents of our rural communities. If we do not take appropriate care, we risk transmitting the virus to other remote locations.

The latest RYA Scotland guidance is available HERE

The latest Government Guidance is available HERE

Our updated Safety Protocols are available HERE

The ‘Get Back On The Water’ leaflet, with guidelines to help make your return to sailing & boating safer and simpler is HERE

We are as delighted as you to be moving back to boating but, the continued easing of lockdown restrictions depends on all of us taking a safe, and considerate attitude currently and continuing to follow Scottish Government guidelines.

We would also like to thank our staff who have been incredibly supportive during this challenging time looking after your boats. Please note that for their well-being we have now implemented a zero-tolerance policy going forward.

Please remember, we are all in this together and we all share a responsibility.

In the meantime, enjoy the weeks ahead, please stay safe and considerate, and we look forward to seeing you back at Kip, Craobh & Fairlie Quay.

Gavin McDonagh

Managing Director

Holt Leisure Parks

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Covid-19 Update 30th June

Covid-19 Update 30th June

The Scottish Government has announced the continued phased easing of lockdown restrictions and the latest information and indicative dates are as follows.

From Friday 3rd July, travel restrictions will be lifted, therefore enabling travel to Kip, Craobh & Fairlie Quay Marinas to access your boat from wherever you are.

Self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) will also be able to open on Friday 3rd July which implies that staying on your boat will now be allowed providing it is fully self-contained.

Please remember, as with previous lifting of restrictions, these dates and restrictions will not be confirmed until the Scottish Government announcement on Thursday 2nd July and therefore may be subject to change.

Full details of the Scottish Government advice and plans for Phase 3 can be found HERE

Finally, we are as delighted as you to be moving back to boating but, the continued easing of lockdown restrictions depends on all of us taking a safe, and considerate attitude currently and continuing to follow Scottish Government guidelines.

Please remember, we are all in this together and we all share a responsibility.

In the meantime, enjoy the coming weekend, please stay safe and considerate, and we look forward to seeing you back at Kip, Craobh & Fairlie Quay.

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Covid-19 Update – 19th June

Covid-19 Update on Phase 2

Thursday 18th June 2020

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There has unfortunately been very little easing of the current restrictions that directly relate to boating and sailing in today’s announcement however, the First Minister said that there will be more reviews throughout the next 3-week period.

Those advised to shield will now be able to take part in non-contact leisure activities such as angling, kayaking, and meet members of another household outdoors, up to a suggested maximum of eight in the group. Strict physical distancing of two meters must always be followed, and they should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds when they return home

People should continue to stay in their local area as much as possible and should not travel more than around five miles for leisure or recreation.

Staying overnight on a boat is still not possible.

Smaller retail stores with street access, but not shopping centres, can open from 29 June

Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from Monday, 22 June

It had been hoped that outdoor spaces for restaurants and bars, beer gardens etc., could open, but there are no plans for that to happen yet although this may be one of the areas under review. At Kip Marina, Cafe Riva is open for take away food & coffee between 10am & 3pm daily.

Full Scottish Government guidance on the gradual easing of Phase 2 can be found HERE

You can download details of the Safety Protocols we have implemented at our marina HERE

Our ‘Get Back On The Water’ leaflet is available, with guidelines to help make your return to boating safer and simpler is available HERE

We will also update you with the latest guidance from RYA Scotland and British Marine Scotland as soon as available but please remember, the continued easing of lockdown restrictions depends on all of us taking a safe, considerate attitude and continuing to follow Scottish Government guidelines.

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at Craobh, Kip & Fairlie Quay.

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Get Back On The Water Update

Thursday 28th May 2020

Once again thank you to all our customers, contractors and staff for their support during these unprecedented times, and we’re delighted at least now there is some good news on the horizon.

With the First Minister’s announcement today (28/05/20) of the easing of restrictions by moving to Phase 1 and with it, according to RYA Scotland, the ability to exercise specifically now including sailing and motor boating – albeit with the caveat only for those who live within a ‘reasonable distance’ of their boat.

RYA Scotland also state, “The Scottish Government have been clear, this is still a public health crisis and we are looking at an extension to exercise options, not a carte blanche return to boating.”

The latest RYA Scotland guidance is available here HERE

We will all be delighted to have the chance to get back to our boats and enjoy the world class sailing waters of the Clyde but please bear in mind, there are still many restrictions that apply in the Phase 1 guidance – the Government Guidance is available HERE

We would ask you to please bear in mind the following points relating to boats and boating:

You are currently advised to stay local to your primary residence to undertake leisure activities.

Leisure activities must only take place with members from your immediate household.

Current regulations say you cannot stay overnight on your boat.

Social distancing measures are still essential.

We have already announced the new Safety Protocols we have implemented at our marinas and you can see those below or download a copy HERE

There is also a new ‘Get Back On The Water’ leaflet, with guidelines to help make your return safer and simpler – you can see a copy of this HERE

Finally, we are as delighted as you to be moving back to boating but, the continued easing of lockdown restrictions depends on all of us taking a safe, and considerate attitude currently and continuing to follow Scottish Government guidelines.

Please remember, we are all in this together and we all share a responsibility.

In the meantime, enjoy the coming weekend, please stay safe and considerate, and we look forward to seeing you back at Kip, Craobh & Fairlie Quay.

Gavin McDonagh

Managing Director

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Covid-19 Update from Holt Leisure Group

Covid-19 Update from Holt Leisure Group

To use a marine analogy, we are all in uncharted waters with the current Covid-19 pandemic, dealing with a situation which is changing daily.

Holt Leisure Group’s priority is, and always will be, the safety and security of our staff, customers and the boats in our marinas.

To that end we have initiated many changes in the way we operate – some that may be apparent and many that will not be – and being cognisant of the daily briefings from WHO, the government and the NHS.

We have closed the Chandlery and Chartroom Restaurant at Kip in order to allow staff to remain at home on furlough, initiated home working for as many other staff across our marinas as possible, and ensured that front line staff remain on full pay as essential workers and to ensure that the marinas and our customers boats remain safe and secure.

We are operating daytime patrols checking the security of all customers boats and the pontoons while our new security company provides full cover during night-time hours.

For added peace of mind, our new Kip Marina Webcams are now live on our website so you can view the marina from wherever you are.

From our business perspective, and that of our colleagues and competitors, it is difficult to decide on further policies currently until such times as we know whether:

(a) We will receive any government support for the marine industry (other than payroll support for furloughed staff) as currently there is no such support in place.

(b) The length of time we remain in the current restricted operational circumstances included non-essential travel and the logistical implications of this.

As valued customers, we would assure you that we are constantly reviewing the situation and aim to react timeously to any changes we may encounter while maintaining our prime objective of the safety and security of staff, customers and the boats.

In the meantime, if you have a specific request regarding a check on your vessel or another specific concern you can contact info@kipmarina.co.uk and we will attend as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support and please stay safe.

 

Gavin McDonagh

Managing Director

Holt Leisure Group