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Covid 19 Response

Issued 06 January 2021

National Lockdown - January 2021

Harbour Users are directed to the current Government guidance relating to the Coronavirus pandemic which states:

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

Please click here for the latest Government guidance.

Recreational Boating

Recreational boating is contrary to Government guidance and has the potential to place extra strain on emergency services.

However, the following closures have been made and will stay in effect until further notice:

  • Itchenor ferry service
  • Conservancy scrubbing piles
  • Conservancy visitor moorings
  • Itchenor showers 
  • Overnight stays on vessels are not permitted
  • The Harbour Office at Itchenor is closed to visitors
  • If you have a general enquiry, please check the information on our website first, email or call 01243 512301

The Conservancy will continue to liaise with industry bodies including the British Ports Association, who will obtain further information on any changes to regulations and their effect on for boating activities, and we will update our advice accordingly if further guidance is released.

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

The Conservancy will continue to patrol the Harbour during this period, to monitor the security of vessels on moorings, and ensure the Harbour remains safe for navigation. If you have any specific concerns, please contact the Harbour Office.

The Conservancy team remains operational with staff working from home and minimum manning at Itchenor. We are working hard to minimise any effect this has on the level of service for Harbour users, on our responsibilities as Statutory Harbour Authority and for the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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

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  and Enjoying Paddlesports in Chichester Harbour for more information.

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