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Covid 19 Response

Issued 06 November 2020

Further to the Government announcement of a second national lockdown, beginning Thursday 05 November, no information regarding specific restrictions on the maritime leisure sector has been published. The Department for Transport has indicated that industry bodies should be consulted for guidance. Please note the guidance from:

  1. The RYA
  2. Sport England

Conservancy facilities remain open, subject to users complying with all Covid-19 regulations and published government guidance, including the regulations that set out the circumstances under which it is permissible to take exercise or take open air recreation.

No overnight stays are permitted on vessels moored on Chichester Harbour Conservancy moorings.

Commercial Operations

Commercial marine businesses and operations within Chichester Harbour may continue to work, provided they are allowed to do so under the regulations and comply with published Government guidance.

Further Measures

Chichester Harbour Conservancy is committed to protecting its staff and customers during the Covid-19 pandemic. To support the government’s efforts to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, the Conservancy has put the following measures in place:

  • The Harbour Office at Itchenor is closed to visitors.
  • If you have an enquiry, please check the information on our website first, email or call 01243 512301.
  • Public events advertised on our website or in the Harbour Life magazine have been cancelled.
  • Friends of Chichester Harbour work parties have been cancelled.

The Conservancy team remains operational and we are working hard to minimise any effect this has on the level of service to Harbour users, or 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 as the situation evolves.

Please click here for the latest Government advice.

Walking, running and cycling in Chichester Harbour AONB

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.

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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