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COVID 19 – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can book?
Because we recognise that the last 4 months have been difficult for everyone anyone who is able to be together under the social distancing regulations can book. However the boat would be very beneficial to people with reduced mobility.
Or people who are still nervous about going out and want a secure controlled environment in which to enjoy the countryside.
What trips are available?
All our trips are available, morning, afternoon and evening trips are recommended as a full day trip would require some contact with the crew.
How much does it cost?
All bookings are for the whole boat, 2 hr cruises are £70, 3½ hr cruise is £100.
How do we Book?
Phone either 07413 565 150 or 07413 550 428 to make a booking
Will we need to give any information at the start of a cruise?
You will be asked on arrival to confirm that no one or anyone in that household is suffering from COVID 19 symptoms and that you are able to be together as a group under the social distancing regulations.
You will be asked to confirm contact details of all your group. (please bring these with you in a form you can hand in – they will only be kept for 21 days and then destroyed)
Will there be other passengers on the boat?
Only you and the people you have invited – i.e. those you are allowed to be with will be on the boat.
Will there be a skipper and crew member on the boat?
There will be a Skipper and 1 crew member on the boat. The skipper and crew will operate the boat from outside, a new door has been placed in the boat towards the rear which separates the passenger are and the crew area. Crew will only come into the passenger cabin in an emergency. There is a distance of over 60ft (10 metres) between the front viewing deck and the crew area.
Is it easy to get on and off?
Yes, boarding is either on a ramp or one small step. There is a lift to the main cabin. You will be expected to operate the lift under instruction at the start of the cruise and throughout the cruise on your own.
Are drinks available?
No, At this time there will be no kitchen facilities available although hot water for making drinks you have brought with you will be.
Have all the relevant Hygiene Precautions been taken?
Yes - Hand Towels and Dispensers have been installed in the kitchen and toilet.
There will be tissues available throughout the boat to promote Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
There are Flip top bins installed in 3 places and emptied every trip. There is Anti-Bacterial Handwash available in Toilet and Kitchen
Three hand sanitizer stations have been set up. Seat coverings which are wipeable fabric replace the fabric ones. Bleach based cleaner has been provide and SCBT staff will clean all surfaces between trips and at the start of every day.
There are Anti-Bacterial wipes to be available for surfaces.
Is the shop still there?
Yes, but only pre-packed goods are available, exact money has to be deposited in the donation tin and no change can be given.
Has a full Risk Assessment been done according to Government Requirements?
Yes, a detailed Risk Assessment showing everything we have discussed and considered to make the boat COVID secure is available on board.
Advert for New Skipper.
As you may already be aware Peter our Skipper is retiring at the end of the season. The trust is therefore embarking on the process of finding and appointing a new Skipper /Manager with the following advertisement.
This took place on the 9th February.
Below is the agenda for the meeting which was well attended by members and friends.
If you wish to have a copy of any of the reports please contact the chairman via the contact form, found on the 'About the Trust' page.
Stockport Canal Boat Trust
Annual Open Meeting
9th February 2020
The Navigation Inn Marple
1. Present / Sign In 16 volunteers were present.
2. Apologies, Ken Hume, Paul Allerton, David and Karen Bluff, Roger Neill
3. Chairs Welcome – The chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked then for their attendance given the weather.
4. Skippers Report – see separate report
5. Finance Report – see separate report
6. Booking Officer Report – see separate report
7. Chairs Report
• Local profile
• Social Media
• Volunteer Development
8. Volunteer Training 29th March 2020 - – see separate report
9. Float the Boat Draw – S20 Stuart Hodgson
10. Calendar 2019 – Attention was drawn to the forthcoming events
11. Chairs Announcements – the Chair announced that Peter Sharp would be retiring from New Horizons at the end of the 2020 season.