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Good news – our holidays can resume on 4 July
The government has given permission for staycations in England to return from 4 July.
The Welsh government has said it will make the decision on whether to open up the country to tourists again on 9 July. If this is given the go ahead, it’s likely to take effect from 13 July.
The date for proposed resumption of Scottish tourism is 15 July.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to our boat yards. In the meantime, we are putting in place measures to help keep our staff and customers safe during the pandemic.
These measures are based on the guidelines that have been produced by government, British Marine and the Canal & River Trust.
- Social distancing: We are putting in new social distancing measures at all our boat yards. These include signage to help keep staff and customers 1m+ apart, as well as staggering boat collection and return times to reduce the number of people on site at one time.
- Cleaning: We are introducing extra cleaning measures for all our boats between each hire. This includes the use of approved antiviral cleaning products, and paying extra attention to surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles, taps, guard rails and keys. We are also ensuring our reception areas are regularly cleaned, and hand gel or hand washing facilities are available.
- Boat Handovers: We are providing extra information to customers in advance of their holidays, about our boats and how to operate them. Handovers will be done a little differently, but you will meet one of our professional instructors and be shown how to steer and operate the boat. Handover staff will wear masks and gloves.
Individual Drifters operators are providing more information about the measures they have put in place on their own websites and customer communications.
There’s more advice and guidance for using the canals safely here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus
Up to date travel advice from the government can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-essential-travel-guidance
For more information about restrictions in Wales go to: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance
For further information about restrictions in Scotland go to: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-can-and-cannot-do/pages/sport-culture-and-leisure/
Cancellations due to coronavirus
Bookings made through Drifters are subject to each operator’s own terms and conditions.
During the 2020 season, Drifters operators are accepting holiday deferrals where customers have to change their booking due to coronavirus*. Where deferrals due to coronavirus are not possible, vouchers or refunds will be given.
*See individual operator’s websites for qualifying reasons
Drifters Waterways Holidays
Drifters Waterway Holidays offers over 550 canal boats for hire from 45 bases in England, Wales and Scotland. We offer you a one stop shop, from just finding out about canal boat holidays to online booking.
All Drifters operators uphold certain industry standards of excellence, ensuring we are among the best in the business and all our customers can expect professional care and attention.