Well! what a start to the new season in 2020. Just as the weather changed from wet, wet, wet we have had weeks of dry warm sunny weather!! We only wish that members were busy but with the present shutdown of businesses and social distancing we have been forced to stop business. This is for the benefit of everyone in the country and also to prevent our NHS being overwhelmed with illness and patients.
As the fast developing situation occurred the committee took the decision to halt ALL member fees this year and to renew everyone for this year with no costs. Graeme has been doing a fantastic job sending out everyones new boat stickers and information on website access passwords. If you have not received the refund, please contact us. If you go to your website members area and are excluded then check your password updates we have sent out or message us for the latest one that we changed at the start of April.
The Christensen Lloyd website of charter registered vessels is still being managed as a take over to come under our control . Please make sure you email Graeme Sign ( firstname.lastname@example.org) with your present SCV2 code docs so we can ensure we are legal and up to date. We are liaising with the website team and due to the present situation they have become inundated with Covid 19 updates, but we are on the list to get the new site up and running so we can add everyones details from SCV2s.
Our industry faces some challenges, firstly on a likely date to restart, we can all make guesses but none of us know. Secondly will those clients wish to book on boats if social distancing still is the main thought? Will they also have funds for their events?
You will see that we have been contacting members regularly and if you have not heard from us or need to speak, please email email@example.com. The other main area of our drive has been to monitor all events about business support and finance packages from the government. This has led to us liaising with lobby groups, British Marine, Federation of Small Businesses and some local authorities. This is ongoing almost daily. Another imports area was our submission to The Government Select Committee on impact of Coronavirus on businesses and workers in The maritime world. The PCA submitted a report on 16th April well ahead of the deadline of 24th April.
Many local MPs have been contacted using a draft letter format we sent out.
We are hearing from around the UK some horror stories of loses due to cancellations and also no support for so many of us. Latest information on grants is that some are seeing the payment where they have rateable value attached to their premises with Local Authorities . In the Midland we are hearing that the Local Authorities have agreed to pay grants to all small businesses that have a dedicated office at their home address whether as a separate outbuilding or dedicated room turned to an office. This is what was requested using discretion. The FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) are calling for similar and also asking for vessels held in Marinas to have their fees treated as a rent and then pay the grant to small businesses like many of ours. Presently I can say this has failed (Chair) for my business but the FSB are challenging this. Any precedent set will be sent out . I await the decisions of the FSB challenge. I am also asking British Marine to push harder for our industry.
If there is something you think we have missed please let us know, it appears we still have some time on our hands!!
Advice to small businesses and PCA members about the Coronavirus COVID-19
An every changing situation- This is what we forwarded in March just ahead of the shutdown but it has still relevant points- We have been watching probably like most people on the latest developments on the Corona Virus and what we can do to protect ourselves and of course our businesses- See the link below to NHS site which will be most up to date informations-
how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas, as outlined by the Chief Medical Officer
advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID-19
Have an up-to-date business continuity plan (BCP)
Have a relevant business continuity plan (BCP) in place, Make it specific to a potential virus-related situation – some of the issues you may need to think about are supply chains, employees, cashflow, travel.
Business insurance – what happens if your business closes due to an outbreak of COVID-19?
Think about how your business insurance will work if your business closes due to an outbreak of the virus.
Check your policy wording as standard policies may not include any protection if your business suffers due to an outbreak of disease, regardless of circumstance.
Firstly, you need to check your policy, or confer with your broker to see if you have Business Interruption cover in your commercial insurance policy. Business Interruption insurance covers the income that you lose after a disaster, and often comes up when discussing terrorism cover (for example, after the London Bridge attack, local businesses that were forced to close for a period of time would have been able to claim for revenue lost under this clause).
Once you have confirmed that you have Business Interruption cover, you will need to check whether you have an extension for “notifiable diseases”. If you have this in your policy wording, you will need to contact your broker/insurer to confirm whether coronavirus is covered. As at 27 February, the UK Government has not declared COVID-19 as a notifiable disease. Holyrood has declared coronavirus as a notifiable disease in Scotland.
If it isn’t, you may be able to ask for it to be added by your insurer, but they are within their rights to refuse, or to ask for an increased premium.
Recognising the importance of undertaking actions to combat the spread of Coronavirus in the UK, the members of the PCA are committed to protecting the health and safety of both passengers and crew.
PCA members operate small passenger vessels that provide transportation, environmental, educational/Training and entertainment experiences on the waters. They always strive to provide safe and professional services to the general public,
PCA recommends that its members strictly adhere to well documented guidelines and procedures to combat the spread of Coronavirus issued by UK Government and Dept of Health- The link at the top takes you to the most recent updates and could change daily.
Ensuring that employees who are ill or displaying signs of illness (fever, cough) do not come to work.
Sanitizing (not merely cleaning) areas of the vessel in which passengers and crew come into contact
Mandating that all employees frequently wash their hands according to recommended procedures.
Emphasize the utmost levels of cleanliness during food preparation, serving and clean-up.
Partnering with agencies and operators that book or sell our tours to ensure that any guest identified with possible signs be immediately reported to our crews so that a determination can be made whether the guest will take the excursion or not.
This is a fast acting situation and will change daily if not hourly so please follow the links above to latest info. The PCA are not the experts in this field and we advice all members to keep up to date and manage their risk assessments and how you are checking on your clients conditions. This covers having a policy at work on how to advice your clients about recent travel and medical conditions.
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