In these unusual times we wanted to bring some clarity to how we are currently operating at Willow Marina.
UPDATE ON 24TH MARCH 2020
As part of our commitment to do what is right in this national emergency, we have stopped the relaunch of boats and works to vessels, and have advised our team to stay at home.
The guidance issued by our government does not allow leisure time on boats. Willow Marina is a private property that is frequented and enjoyed by many members of the public, and as such should not be visited currently.
We are proud to be continuing to make the hard decisions to close before we are forced to. As with the announced closure of our coffee shop nearly a week ago, we want to be part of the solution, not the problem.
We therefore request that you follow government guidance, and do not visit the marina.
Whilst we will continue to check premises and can assess river levels via CCTV, we will not be cleaning shared areas such as bathrooms and key pads.
*We are still contactable*. Our office team are working from home. Sales of boats are still progressing. And we will continue to look to video media to market boats for sale.
Our belief is that the sooner we take these precautions, the sooner we will all be able to get back to our lives, and enjoy the beauty that the river offers.
For now, please stay safe. Stay at home.
UPDATE ON 19TH MARCH 2020
As of 19th March, our marina is still open. We are, of course, following the guidance of the UK government and request that anyone who does visit follows suit regarding social distancing and hygiene.
Sadly as of 4pm on Friday 20th March we will be temporarily closing the doors of our coffee shop The Cwtch. This is not a decision we have taken lightly but one that has been made with our staff and customers’ safety at the forefront of our minds, taking into account government guidance to avoid public gatherings. We want to be part of the solution, not the problem.
Our teams are consistently working hard to keep themselves and you safe by minimising physical contact and by adopting more frequent and thorough cleaning routines, particularly of shared areas.
In positive news, a subsiding river has meant that we have been able to start with the relaunch of boats following winter storage. Our yard team – in the safer outdoor environment – are working extended hours to ensure as many boats as possible are on the water in the shortest amount of time.
Looking forward to positive times, we are still selling boats. We are also now able to offer live video walkthroughs of boats, so if you are interested in our boats for sale do get in touch to arrange a virtual viewing.
We are of course still contactable by phone and email, and plan on operating for as long as is possible and recommended to do so.