Covid restrictions by region

What coronavirus restrictions are in place that may affect your booking?

To help reduce the impact of Coronavirus to your travel arrangements, we're pleased to offer our Go Boating with Confidence policy for both existing and new bookings. We're here to help so that you can travel and book with confidence.

 

As Government restrictions change, we’d recommend you start checking restrictions no earlier than 4 weeks prior to travel. You should keep checking right up until the day of departure in case they have been updated. If you do have a booking with us it is your responsibility to check the restrictions before you travel and contact us as soon as possible if you are no longer able to proceed with your holiday. To help we have compiled the following local advice and guidelines for the country you are cruising in:

 

BELGIUM

We opened our Belgian region on 1st April 2021.

Please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions require that groups may consist of 1 household with a maximum of 1 additional people.
  • Gatherings are limited to a maximum of 4 people (not including children up to the age of 12).
  • Shopping must be done individually, with the exception of minors living under the same roof or people in need of an escort, who can be accompanied by one adult.
  • Some museums are open by appointment only.
  • To prevent the spread of Coronavirus current government restrictions include a curfew in Flanders (where our base is located) between midnight and 5am. Other areas of Belgium may operate different curfew hours.
  • Restaurants are currently closed but some may offer delivery or takeaways options.
  • Face masks are compulsory from the age of 13 in all public places.
  • A 1.5 meter social distance is to be maintained everywhere if not from the same household.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.
  • If you are traveling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government.

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NETHERLANDS

We opened our Dutch region on 1st April 2021.

Please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions require that groups may consist of 1 household (all living at the same address), or a group of 4 people who do not live at the same address, not counting children under 13 (for example, 2 adults and their 8-year-old child can share a boat with 2 adults from a different household).
  • All shops can open but may limit the amount of people inside at any one time.
  • Restaurants are bars can open outdoor terraces between 12:00 and 18:00 daily, some may also offer delivery or takeaways options.
  • Visitor attractions are currently closed.
  • The use of face masks is compulsory within public indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • A 1.5 meter social distance is to be maintained everywhere if not from the same household.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.
  • If you are traveling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government.

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ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND

We opened our Thames region on 12th April 2021.

We opened our Scottish region on 26th April 2021.

Please note the following regulations:

  • Until May 17th: A 2 meter social distance is to be maintained everywhere if not from the same household.
  • Face masks are compulsory when entering stores, shops and takeaway restaurants. Other attractions may also require you to sanitize your hands, wear a face mask or protective equipment when entering their premises. They may also limit the amount of people inside at any one time
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.
  • If you are traveling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

In addition to the above the governmnet have released a roadmap to ease restrictions for England:

Current government restrictions within England:

  • Members from one household will be able to holiday on board our boats.
  • Non essential retail incluiding personal care and spas will reopen.
  • Outdoor attractions including zoos and theme parks will reopen.
  • Bars and resturants can open outdoor seating areas.

Step 3 - no earlier than May 17:

  • Two households or six people will be able to holiday on board our boats (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Bars and resturants can open indoor areas.
  • Indoor attractions including museums, cinemas and theatres will reopen.

Step 4 - no earlier than June 21:

  • no legal limits on group sizes.

 

Additional restrictions in Scotland:

 

  • Single household parties will be able to holiday on board our boats.
  • From May 17 up to six people from three households will be able to holiday on board our boats.
  • Under 12s do not count towards the total number of people but do count towards the three household limit.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government.

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ITALY

We opened our Italian region on 1st May 2021.

Please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions require that groups from different households will be required to adhere to 1 meter social distancing and have separate bedrooms for each household.
  • A group of two couples from 2 households require a minimum of 2 bedrooms.
  • A group of 7 people, 4 households of 3 couples and 1 friend require a minimum of 4 bedrooms.
  • A group of 7 friends from 7 households are not able to cruise on one boat.
  • To prevent the spread of Coronavirus current government restrictions include a curfew between 10pm and 5am.
  • The use of face masks are compulsory when outside of home or our boats.
  • Restaurants can open outdoors until 10pm, but may also offer delivery or takeaway.
  • All shops are able to open.
  • Churches are open, other visitor attractions are open but with restrictions.
  • A 1 meter social distance is to be maintained everywhere if not family members.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.
  • If you are traveling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government.

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IRELAND

We opened our Irish region on 10th May 2021.

Please note the following regulations:

 

  • We are able to welcome groups of 1 household if unvaccinated or up to 3 households if all fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people can meet with one unvaccinated household, provided that they are not at risk of severe illness and no more than 3 households are present.
  • Restaurant and bars are closed but may offer takeaway options.
  • 2 meter social distance is to be maintained everywhere if not from the same household. 
  • Face masks are required in public spaces and everywhere inside and in busy outdoor spaces where a lot of people gather.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.
  • If you are traveling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

Additionally from the 17th May:

  • All non-essential retail can open.

Additionally from the 7th June:

  • Restaurants can open outdoor services with groups limited to 6 people.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government.

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FRANCE

We opened our Aquitaine, Alsace-Lorraine, Brittany, Burgundy: Franche Comté, Burgundy: Nivernais & Loire, Camargue, Charente and Canal du Midi French region on 12th May 2021.

We plan to open our Lot French region on 15th May 2021.

Please note the following regulations:

 

  • Owing to the operational challenges that coronavirus has presented us with, we have taken the decision not to reopen our bases in Castelsarrasin, Nort-sur-Erdre, Dinan and Narbonne and our bases in Branges, Châtillon-sur-Loire and Trèbes will remain closed until April 2022. If you have a booking that is affected by these base closures we will be in touch to let you know. Where possible, your booking will be switched to a different base within the same cruising region.
  • Government restrictions that are in place, require that groups can't exceed a maximum of 6 people in public places.
  • The use of face masks is compulsory within public indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • To prevent the spread of Coronavirus current government restrictions include a curfew between 7pm and 6am.
  • Restaurants are currently closed but some may offer delivery or takeaways options.
  • Visitor attractions and shopping malls are currently closed.
  • Essential shops (food shops, pharmacies) are open but may limit the amount of people inside at any one time.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.
  • If you are traveling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government.

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GERMANY

We plan to open our German region on 21st May 2021.

Please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions require that groups may consist of 2 household (there is no limit on the number of people).
  • On arrival at our base you will need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within the last 24 hrs or that you are fully vaccinated (children under six years of age are excluded from the test requirement).
  • Until 14th June overnight stays within Mecklenburg is not possible, this means you may cruise into Mecklenburg during the day but you must return to Brandenburg before nightfall (locks close at 8pm). Please see the below Mecklenburg and Brandenburg border illustration.
  • Our base in Jabel will remain closed until 14th June.
  • The use of face masks (surgical masks or masks of the KN95 or FFP2 standards) are compulsory within public transport and when shopping.
  • A 1.5 meter social distance is to be maintained everywhere if not from the same household.
  • Restaurants are able to open outdoor areas and some may offer delivery or takeaways options.
  • Essential shops (food shops, pharmacies) are open but may limit the amount of people inside at any one time.
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from traveling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government.

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CANADA

We plan to open our Canadian region on 3rd June 2021.

Please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions that are in place require that groups need to be from one household.
  • Indoor gatherings are not permitted unless you are not from the same household. 
  • Limits for outdoor gatherings are limited five (5) people. Social distancing must be practiced. 
  • A two (2) meter social distance is to be maintained everywhere if not from the same household. 
  • Everyone visiting Eastern Ontario (where Le Boat is based) are required to wear non-medical masks in indoor public places and outdoors whenever 2 metre social distancing is not possible.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place.
  • Essential shopping items available for in person purchase. Essential stores and shops, must limit the amount of people inside at any one time.
  • Non-essential shopping is available through curb-side pickup. 
  • Restaurants are currently closed for indoor dining.  Take out is available. 
  • If you are traveling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from traveling to the destination. (This includes those planning to drive from the USA).
  • If you are traveling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from traveling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from travelling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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