Coronavirus and Ellerbeck Narrowboats

This page has been created on our website to keep you up to date with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation as it affects us here at Ellerbeck Narrowboats.
Unless there is a “With effect from” date, the information below applies to any booking from today’s date. Please come back here to see the latest constantly changing information. This will apply to your booking regardless of any previous information.
Get the latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance and information.
Government advice from gov.uk Guidance from the Canal & River Trust

With effect from 5th June 2020 we were given permission to start to operate again.  A statement from the Canal and River Trust can be read here

Latest information regarding bookings from Thursday 1st October 2020 until further notice – Single households including support bubbles only

Current restrictions and changes to the way we operate are as follows:

  1. As the restriction situation is ever changing it is very difficult to administer and following complaints of confusion from our customers we are only accepting bookings from single households including any legally permitted support bubble. The restrictions themselves are obviously out of our control but we have a legal duty of care to ensure that we maintain a “Covid Secure” environment;
  2. A support bubble can be included within each household but must be legally binding (Please click here for an explanation). Your own defined “family” support bubble is not acceptable;
  3. If you are a single household the “Rule of Six” does not apply and your household and support bubble arrangement must not exceed a maximum of 10 people to comply with our own business marine insurance requirements;
  4. During your trip, you must socially distance yourself from any other canal users by remaining at least two meters apart or at least one meter with face coverings at all times;
  5. Venues along our stretch of canal are cautiously open and this should be considered while on our boats. There may be limited availability and inevitably there may be queues to get in or you may need to book ahead. We strongly advise that you continue to be self sufficient to avoid disappointment. You must agree to follow any arrangements each venue has in place to remain Covid Secure;
  6. We can provide a buffet lunch from The Boatyard Bus Café for £8.50 per head using disposable plates and cutlery but they do need at least 48 hours notice before your booking;
  7. You are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink but there will not be any cutlery, crockery or cooking utensils available from us on the boat due to the risk of contaminated surfaces. There is a gas hob on board each of our boats so we have left the kettle on board which is externally sanitised between bookings;
  8. We are not offering evening hire until further notice to ensure that thorough cleaning can be carried out between hires;
  9. We are not offering skippered trips due to social distancing until further notice as this would mean there are two households on board the boat;
  10. We will still be offering a full safety brief to everyone and full handling instructions for those without or limited previous experience, both following social distancing guidelines.
  11. Other restrictions or relaxations may be introduced or removed without notice given current Government guidelines in force at the time of your booking.  Follow this page or our Facebook page for further updates.

Latest information regarding bookings from Monday 14th September 2020 until Wednesday 30th September 2020 – The “Rule of Six”

Current restrictions and changes to the way we operate are as follows:

  1. A maximum of six people aboard our boats whether from one household from a restricted geographical area or from two households from a non restricted area. The only exception to this is if a single household consists of more than 6 people but still can only be a maximum of 10 to meet our insurance requirements and cannot book with another household even from a non restricted geographical area.
  2. A support bubble can be included within each household but must be legally binding (Please click here for an explanation). Your own defined “family” support bubble is not acceptable.
  3. Please click here for the current list of geographical restrictions for the North of England when they come into force or the restrictions are eased (If you would like book from further afield please click here for details for the rest of England); 
  4. During your trip, you must socially distance yourself from any other canal users by remaining at least two meters apart or one meter with face coverings at all times;
  5. Venues along our stretch of canal are cautiously open and this should be considered while on our boats. There may be limited availability and inevitably there may be queues to get in or you may need to book ahead. We strongly advise that you continue to be self sufficient to avoid disappointment. You must agree to follow any arrangements each venue has in place to remain Covid Secure;
  6. We can provide a buffet lunch from The Boatyard Bus Café for £8.50 per head using disposable plates and cutlery but they do need at least 48 hours notice before your booking;
  7. You are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink but there will not be any cutlery, crockery or cooking utensils available from us on the boat due to the risk of contaminated surfaces.  Please bring your own if you would like these for your own food or disposable tableware sets can be purchased from The Boatyard Bus Café for £1.50 per head;
  8. We are not offering evening hire until 1st April 2021 to ensure that thorough cleaning can be carried out between hires;
  9. We are not offering skippered trips due to social distancing until 1st April 2021;
  10. We will still be offering a full safety brief to everyone and full handling instructions for those without or limited previous experience, both following social distancing guidelines.
  11. Other restrictions or relaxations may be introduced or removed without notice given current Government guidelines in force at the time of your booking.  Follow this page or our Facebook page for further updates.

Latest information regarding bookings from Saturday 4th July 2020 until further notice
(Updated on Friday 31st July 2020 and Wednesday 26th August 2020 – Item 2)

Current restrictions and changes to the way we operate are as follows:

  1. You can hire in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household), unless you live in one of the areas listed in item 2 below. You should socially distance at least one meter from anyone not in your household at all times while on board. You will need to sign a declaration that you will observe and accept this prior to departure;
  2. With effect from Friday 31st July 2020 – If you live within one of the following areas: Greater Manchester (City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford), Lancashire (Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale) and West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees) You will only be able to hire a boat with members of your immediate household plus any support bubble arrangement you may have in place.  You can view the latest Government guidance Here.  With effect from 26th August 2020, Wigan will be removed from the local restricted areas list and will revert back to national restrictions as per Item 1 above.; 
  3. During your trip, you must socially distance yourself from any other canal users by remaining at least 1 meter apart at all times;
  4. Venues along our stretch of canal are cautiously opening and this should be considered while on our boats. There may be limited availability and inevitably there may be long queues to get in. We strongly advise that you continue to be self sufficient to avoid disappointment;
  5. We can provide a buffet lunch from The Boatyard Bus Café (Although it is not open for service) for £8.50 per head using disposable plates and cutlery;
  6. You are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink but there will not be any cutlery, crockery or cooking utensils available from us on the boat due to the risk of contaminated surfaces.  Please bring your own if you would like these for your own food or disposable tableware sets can be purchased from The Boatyard Bus Café for £1.50 per head;
  7. We are not offering evening hire until 1st April 2021 to ensure that thorough cleaning can be carried out between hires;
  8. We are not offering skippered trips due to social distancing until 1st April 2021;
  9. We will still be offering a full safety brief to everyone and full handling instructions for those without or limited previous experience, both following social distancing guidelines.
  10. Other restrictions or relaxations may be introduced or removed without notice given current Government guidelines in force at the time of your booking.  Follow this page or our Facebook page for further updates.

Latest information regarding bookings from Friday 5th June 2020 until and including Friday 3rd July 2020

With effect from 5th June 2020 aboard our blue and red boats and 20th June aboard Crossley, our green boat we have been given permission to start to operate again.  A statement from the Canal and River Trust can be read here

Current restrictions and changes to the way we operate are as follows:

  1. Groups must be from the same household or within a permitted “Support bubble”, and will have to sign a declaration to that fact before departure;
  2. During your trip, you must socially distance yourself from any other canal users by remaining 2 meters apart at all times;
  3. Apart from a limited/restricted ice cream service at Frederick’s, there are currently no other venues open along the canal for lunch;
  4. We can provide a buffet lunch from The Boatyard Bus Café (Although it is not open for service) for £8.50 per head using disposable plates and cutlery;
  5. You are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink but there will not be any cutlery, crockery or cooking utensils available from us on the boat due to the risk of contaminated surfaces.  Please bring your own if you would like these for your own food or disposable tableware sets can be purchased from The Boatyard Bus Café for £1.50 per head;
  6. We are not offering evening hire until 1st April 2021 to ensure that thorough cleaning can be carried out between hires;
  7. We are not offering skippered trips due to social distancing until 1st April 2021;
  8. We will still be offering a full safety brief to everyone and full handling instructions for those without or limited previous experience, both following social distancing guidelines.
  9. Other restrictions or relaxations may be introduced or removed without notice given current Government guidelines in force at the time of your booking.  Follow this page or our Facebook page for further updates.

If you have already had a booking cancelled by us and would like to revert back to your original booking or would still like to reschedule please see our availability page to make a reservation or check which dates are currently available and call me on 01257 480 825. It may be that if your original booking was cancelled, the date has now been taken by another group. If this is the case then please accept our apologies.

There are many ways to contact us, send an email to info@boatshire.co.uk, via Facebook messenger here on our website to the bottom right of this page, by WhatsApp via our Facebook page or through our website Contact page.

Many thanks for your support and understanding at this difficult time and I look forward to seeing you very soon.

Lucien @ Ellerbeck Narrowboats