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Covid-19 Response

Issued 14 April 2021

From Monday 12 April, some of the rules on what you can and cannot due during the Coronavirus pandemic changed. Most of these changes are occurring in shore-based activities (such as retail and hospitality), there is very little change for recreational boating at this time as most restrictions, with the exception of overnight stays which are now permitted from 12 April, were lifted on 29 March.

From Monday 12 April:

  • Recreational boating and other water sports activities continue to be allowed, providing that people adhere to the social distancing guidelines that remain in place.
  • People are allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six".
  • People must continue to maintain social distance from those outside of their household, and there should be no household mixing indoors (including cabin/below deck). 
  • Overnight stays away from a primary residence are now permitted.
  • Conservancy visitor moorings are now open for overnight stays.
  • The Itchenor Ferry service is operating and will continue to follow the usual schedule.
  • The Itchenor Maintenance Piles are available for booking, please contact the Harbour Office.
  • The Harbour Office at Itchenor is open for casual visitors. A ‘one customer at a time’ policy will remain in place until further notice.
  • The showers at Itchenor will remain closed until further notice.

Commercial Operations

Commercial marine operations are permitted within the current guidelines, subject to operators complying with all Covid-19 regulations and published Government guidance.

Monday 17 May:

Step 3 of the Government roadmap will come into force no earlier than 17 May. Further guidance relevant to Chichester Harbour will be released by us closer to this date.

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.

Further Measures

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

Please click here for the latest Government guidance.

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

We are very pleased to announce that we will be running Harbour Tots sessions during Summer 2021 subject to the Government guidelines for Covid-19.

As before, the sessions will be outside and run from 10.30am to 12noon. The classroom will be available for use of the toilet facilities.

We will be limiting the number of children and adults participating to ensure we are Covid secure. As the summer unfolds, we hope to offer more places if the government restriction ease as planned.

Each household/support bubble should consist of a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children.

All sessions must be booked and paid for in advance through Ticket Source.

The charge for a session is £5 per household/support bubble which is non-refundable unless the session is cancelled by Chichester Harbour Education.

Please come dressed for the weather and with sun screen. Please bring your own refreshments.

Sessions will only be cancelled in severe weather conditions. All participants will be contacted by 5pm the day before to be informed of any cancellation.

Countryfile and the Seals of Chichester Harbour

Chichester Harbour  featured on BBC One's Countryfile  programme last year and there has been 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 for more information.

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