The canals are safe and we are looking forward to welcoming you to the Kennet & Avon Canal this summer. The ideal environment for maintaining a social distance whilst enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the canal.
UK canals reopened to full navigation on 1 June and following Government guidance, our holidays are planned to resume from the first weekend in July.
A boating holiday adventure is out in the open-air. The Kennet & Avon Canal is uncrowded. You share the boat only with family or friends (if permitted). You can bring food with you, or shop in small shops in small towns, or in supermarkets close to your boat. You do not have to mix with strangers on the towpath any more than if you went out for a walk at home.
We are putting in place measures to help keep our staff and customers safe during the pandemic. These measures are based on the guidelines that have been produced by government, British Marine and the Canal & River Trust.
Disinfectant Fogging between Hire's
If your boat has been occupied within the last 3 days prior to your arrival, as part of our cleaning protocol we have new disinfectant foggers that emit a fine disinfectant vapour inside the entire boat. Don’t worry this is totally safe and will be the new normal for many other accommodation providers during these unusual times.
Extra Hygiene Measures
We are introducing extra cleaning measures for all our boats between each hire. This includes the use of approved antiviral cleaning products and paying extra attention to surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles, taps, guard rails and keys. We are also ensuring our reception areas are regularly cleaned, and hand gel or hand washing facilities are available.
You will need to be mindful of any Government restrictions that may be in place for larger multi household groups. However, we leave it to your judgement and discretion in terms of your choice of holiday companions, given that Government direction may become less restrictive as the days and weeks pass.
We are providing extra information to customers in advance of their holidays, about our boats and how to operate them. A physical handover of the boats will still take place with a member of staff wearing PPE (gloves & masks etc). The handover will include instruction on how to steer and operate the boat.
Pubs and Restaurants
The Government has indicated that pubs and restaurants may be allowed to reopen from July, possibly for outdoor drinking and with reduced indoor seating. Some are already doing take-away meals. We will give you the latest information we have when you arrive.
We have put in new social distancing measures. These include signage to help keep staff and customers 2m apart, as well as staggering boat collection and return times to reduce the number of people on site at one time.
Staying Alert, Staying Aware
Our staff have received comprehensive training in the new procedures.
We will also be asking all customers who have been aboard our boats whether anyone has shown Coronavirus symptoms during the trip
Book with Confidence – our Guarantee
We all need something to look forward to in these uncertain times. That is why we are offering a free Coronavirus Guarantee to all new bookings made after June 1st. If you are not able to go on your Foxhangers’ boating holiday due to Government direction you will be able to:
- move your holiday to a later date with no amendment charge; or
- receive a full no quibble refund if Government direction prohibits you from taking your holiday.
* For further details of our Coronavirus Guarantee visit www.foxhangers.co.uk/coronavirus-guarantee
There’s more advice and guidance for using the canals safely here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus
Up to date travel advice from the government can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-essential-travel-guidance