HARWICH residents have been allowed to go out at sea and to go fishing while visitor pontoons remain closed.

The Harwich Haven Authority has put measures in place to limit risks to stakeholders, staff members, emergency services and the general public while following government guidelines.

The Government has announced, through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, that some leisure activities, including boating and angling could resume.

The British Ports Association and the UK Harbour Masters’ Association are seeking clarification on the detail of this announcement with the Government.

A Harwich Haven Authority spokesman said specific guidance is expected shortly.

“Until we have confirmation of these details, the authority’s visitor pontoons at Ha’penny Pier will remain closed,” they added.

“Once clarification of any remaining government restrictions or provisions become clear we will review the decision as to whether we re-open the visitor pontoons.

“The Authority can confirm it is now permissible to use the waters of the Haven for boating and angling.

“If your boat is kept in a marina or other facility, then you will need to liaise directly with them to arrange access to your boat.”

People who choose to venture out onto the water, have been asked to be mindful of their actions and to make sure they are not likely to increase risks to any other people going out at sea.

All leisure vessels users should also be advised the Royal Yachting Association makes it clear in their statement that they are still “engaging with the RNLI and representatives from the ports and leisure marine industry to help ensure a safe return to recreational boating activity”.

To read more visit rya.org.uk.