Brightlingsea Harbour is a Statutory Harbour Authority which has a responsibility to ensure certain port duties are maintained. It is also required to provide pilotage services to commercial shipping. The harbour acts on advice from the Government and the chief scientist.
Until last night essential harbour operations were maintained, but with restrictions dictated by ‘social distancing’ that advice has now changed therefore;
The office is now closed to members of the public.
All leisure facilities are no longer supplied.
The water taxi is not operating.
The ferry will not operate.
The Town Jetty will be shut.
Visitors and Commercial operators may only enter the port having previously agreed with harbour.
A skeleton staff will operate limited to those who cannot work from home and will provide voluntary assistance to Essex Coronavirus Action group partnered with Essex county council. That will involve delivering essential food/equipment to stakeholders within the local area.
Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners hope that all stakeholders understand our position, which is to protect members of staff and the general public. It is not clear when advice will change, however when it does we will report it.