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Private powered boats can now use The Broads for day trips

The Broads Authority has asked residents to only use their boats if social distancing can be applied at all times.

It has been confirmed that privately owned powered boats can now be used on the Norfolk Broads for day trips.

This guidance has been issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, following advice earlier this week that allowed sailing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding to resume.

However, the Broads Authority has asked people to avoid traditional tourist hot-spots, to ensure the safety of those on the water.

Despite other inland waterways facing a delay in the return of powered private boats, continued maintenance of the Broads during lockdown means Norfolk's boaters are now welcomed.

However, residents have been urged to only travel with members of their households and to stay at home if showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

John Packman, Chief Executive of the Broads Authority, said: “I want to thank our private boat owners that have continued to pay their tolls during a period when they were not able to enjoy the Broads.

"It is because of this that we were able to continue the essential work needed to enable their safe return.

"Whilst I still urge all boaters to take appropriate measures to stay safe and follow Government guidelines it will be great to see people back on the water.

"We all have a responsibility to ensure that our exercise and recreation does not have a negative impact on our communities and those that have worked so tirelessly to enable some relaxation to the restrictions during this terrible time.”

Boaters are also being reminded that facilities - such as pump out stations - may not be open, and to check before travelling.

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