You must not leave your home or be outside your home, except for specific purposes which include exercise. There is no restriction on the type of activity you can do when exercising meaning that paddling is permitted within the current government measures for Lockdown 2 (5 Nov-2 Dec 2020). But you should act responsibly and limit transmission risk wherever possible.
You can exercise outdoors in a public place alone, with the people you live with (or your support bubble or childcare bubble) or with 1 person from another household. Children under school-age, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care, who are with their parents or carer will not count towards the limit of two people meeting outside.
Stay safe – bear in mind the difference that wintery conditions can have and always inform your household/bubble what you are doing and make sure you can keep in touch. We recommend that you look winter paddling guide on the Go Paddling website – https://gopaddling.info/top-10-tips-to-help-you-keep-paddling-through-winter/
Waterways licence/Craft registration – Remember that a waterways licence/craft registration is required to paddle on navigable waterways. Find out more: https://www.riverstourtrust.org/river-trips/navigation-guide/
Lastly, we ask that you adhere to local signage and respect Government guidance on social distancing. Give people space and use face coverings when appropriate. Some reaches of the River Stour pass through private land and involve portaging around structures over private property where vulnerable people are shielding. This means you may not be able to use boats on some parts of the river.
We also advise that you check the Environment Agency’s Visit Anglian Waterways website for their navigation advisory notices. Follow the link for the relevant webpage: https://www.visitanglianwaterways.org/navigation-notice-river-stour
Please report navigational/environmental issues directly to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 (please provide a location with a grid reference or What3Words address – find out more).
Your craft must be properly registered for use on the river. Please follow link for more information – https://www.riverstourtrust.org/river-tri…/navigation-guide/