The Environment Agency’s waterways will reopen to powered boating by June 1 following the coronavirus lock down.
EA teams are currently carrying out inspection of channels, marking and removing hazards such as sunken boats, shoals and fallen trees with the aim that powered boats can resume leisure cruising.
On the Medway, some reaches of the Great Ouse, The Nene and the Thames could reopen within a few days while the remainder of the Thames and the Anglian waterways will reopen by June 1.
“We know there are some hazards out there such as sunken boats, shoals and fallen trees and our teams will be identifying and clearing these to make the waterways safe,” said the EA in a statement.
“We ask all boaters currently making essential journeys to be extra vigilant of unmarked hazards.”
Assisted passage at locks will not be provided while social distancing is in place and the EA warns some maintenance work will take longer to complete.
From June 1, short stay restrictions on moorings will also be in place again.
Currently non-powered water sports can take place on EA waterways as long as they follow government social distancing guidance and are vigilant.
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