Our response to coronavirus

In these unprecedented times we are supporting the national effort to keep everyone safe, while making sure everyone still has the opportunity to visit their local waterway, which can make us feel happier and healthier.

Our navigations are open for boating and you can enjoy exercise and being in the outdoors, close to nature, on our towpaths. With eight million people living within 1km of one of our waterways, towpaths provide a free, accessible and local green space to get a breath of fresh air. Please follow the advice around social distancing at all times, and be considerate of moored boats where people may be living aboard.

Boaters can find more information about how the Government’s guidance applies to them in our FAQs.

We will keep the situation under active review and update you in line with changing circumstances and government guidance. Please refer to the government guidance for England and Wales for more information.

Sign up to Boaters’ Update and our stoppage notifications to get regular updates by email.

Last date edited: 12 April 2021