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Covid 19 Response

Issued 02 March 2021

Harbour Users are directed to the current Government guidance, released on Monday 22 February 2021, relating to the Coronavirus pandemic which states:

Monday March 08:

  • The 'Stay at Home' restriction will continue but it will be amended so that people can leave home for recreation as well as exercise outdoors - with their own household , support or childcare bubble, or with one person from another household. People are strongly advised to consider what is 'essential' within the scope of these guidlines when planning their activities.
  • Local boating and other water sports activities will be permitted, but only if conducted in accordance with the above rules.

Monday March 29:

  • The ‘Stay at Home’ rule will end however the Government is urging people to stay local as much as possible.
  • People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six".
  • People must continue to maintain social distance from those outside of their household, and there should be no household mixing indoors (including cabin/below deck). 
  • Local boating and other water sports activities will be permitted, but only if conducted in accordance with the above rules.
  • Overnight stays away from a primary residence, including staying on board vessels, are not permitted. Conservancy visitor moorings will remain closed for overnight stays.
  • The Itchenor Ferry service will resume operation from Friday 02 April and will continue to follow the usual schedule from this date.
  • The Itchenor Maintenance Piles will be available for booking from this date.
  • The Harbour Office at Itchenor will be open for casual visitors. A ‘one customer at a time’ policy will remain in place until further notice.
  • The showers at Itchenor will remain closed until further notice.

Monday April 12:

Step 2 of the Government roadmap will come into force no earlier than 12 April. We will issue a further once the Government has confirmed the date that Step 2 will be implemented.

Commercial Operations

Commercial marine operations are permitted within the current guidelines, subject to operators complying with all Covid-19 regulations and published Government guidance.

Walking, running and cycling in Chichester Harbour AONB

Please follow the advice and exercise by walking, cycling or running close to your home address.

The footpaths and Salterns Way cycle path remain open but please do not cycle on public footpaths, cyclists have no right of way. During the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a rise in cyclists using waterside footpaths which are designed for walkers only. Cycling on these footpaths is causing damage which is difficult and costly to repair.

Further Measures

We will keep all Government advice under review and any further information or changes to our operation will be published on our website.

Please click here for the latest Government guidance.

Risk Assessment

Chichester Harbour Conservancy have carried out a full Risk Assessment into all aspect of operations carried out by harbour staff and the management of Conservancy owned facilities within the harbour during the Coronavirus pandemic. To try and protect our employees and customers a full range of measures have been implemented in order to comply with current Government guidance. To view the Risk Assessment please click here. Please contact the Harbour Office, preferably by email to, if you have any questions.

Harbour Tots – Parent and Toddler Group 

Unfortunately these sessions have been cancelled due to the new Covid restrictions in place from Thursday 5 November.  We hope to be able to run them when the situation is more settled. Please enjoy the Harbour in a safe way for your daily exercise.

Book now for these fun outdoor sessions for toddlers and their parents/carers to discover the natural environment and wildlife within stunning Chichester Harbour AONB. 

Each session will involve a short coastal walk to our wildlife area, with puddles to splash in and activities outside – so please come dressed warmly for the outdoors come rain or shine!

£5 per household/support bubble (Maximum of 2 adults + 2 children)

Following Government guidelines, Covid-19 safety precautions are in place for each session. Please contact Harbour Education Centre for further information.

Countryfile and the Seals of Chichester Harbour

Chichester Harbour recently featured on BBC One's Countryfile  programme and we expect that there will be increased interest in seeing the seals that find a safe haven in this harbour. 

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of people kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing recently - please avoid the seal haul-out site but if you do happen to find yourself on the water in the vicinity please keep at least 100m away to avoid disturbing the seals.  Some will be onshore but there may be some in the water.  At this time of year they are nursing young pups and will be very protective of them and potentially aggressive if approached too closely.

Check out The Solent Seals Code of Conduct for more information.

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