News article created on 30 March 2021

We urge waterside drinkers to safe by the water

We are urging people to stay safe by the water this spring as people return to waterside pubs, bars and restaurants following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

A group of people drinking on a bench near a boat Family drinking by the canal

From 12 April, when people in England will be able to visit the outside areas of bars, pubs and restaurants, we want to remind people to take care when drinking near the water and to take a route home away from the water’s edge.

Debbie Lumb, our national advisor for health and safety, said: “How wonderful that we can enjoy spring with friends and family at one of the many waterside pubs, bars and restaurants.

"We know that spending time by water and being close to nature is good for your health and wellbeing, we just want those visiting the wonderful canal-side pubs, bars and restaurants to take care after they’ve been drinking. 

“I imagine there will be lots of meet ups with friends as restrictions continue to ease but make sure to stay safe when enjoying yourself.  On your way home after a fun day or night out, you and your friends need to be careful.  If you’ve had a few drinks, don’t walk home by the water’s edge, find another route. Stay with and look out for your friends to make sure that you all get home safely.”

Stay safe this April:

  • Look out for your friends, make sure you all get home safely.
  • Find another route home away from the water’s edge.
  • Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking.
  • Alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble.