Canal & River Trust: Our response to coronavirus

In these unprecedented times, our priority is to support the national effort to keep people safe, following the Government’s advice and taking the appropriate action to protect our colleagues and partners, and everyone who visits, or lives on and around, our canals and river navigations.


As per the general Government message, we expect all business licence holders and operators to be act respectfully and kindly to customers, other businesses, and Trust colleagues, while the UK transitions away from social restrictions.

Many of your questions regarding coronavirus and boating are answered on this page


Support re coronavirus

There is support from Government available for those who are experiencing financial hardship due to coronavirus.   Also a full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.  HM Government Support pages helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business support - GOV.UK (


The COVID grant survey has now closed.   You are able to view the results here:

COVID-19 Grant Poll Results


Back to Boating Guidance

British Marine, working with key businesses across the country, have created a very thorough and useful document to help you get ready and mitigate against COVID-19, particularly on hire boats. Among other benefits, British Marine provide regular updates to their members. Links to the document and membership information are here: COVID-19 Control in Hire Boats and Membership Details

In conjunction with your own procedures, the Trust is also pleased to provide an COVID-19 Boating Customer sheet for you to include with handovers or generally share in/around your business as best practice when customers use the waterways. You can download the printable PDF here.


British Marine are preparing a phased approach to preparing businesses for successful emergence from COVID-19 lockdown.  This includes a Back to Business Webinar and sector guidance.   Further details are available o their website


Contacting the team

If you have any concerns or queries regarding your Boating business during this period please contact a member of the Business Boating Team

Last date edited: 19 July 2021