Covid-19 – IWAI Guidance – 7th October 2020


We continue to advise all members to heed the advice from the relevant authorities and to follow the public health guidance as determined by the governments in both jurisdictions.

Published government documents detailing increasing restrictions at various levels

ROI Roadmap for Resilience and Recovery NI Coronavirus – Our Approach to Decision Making Summary

The Department of Health is leading the government response in Ireland to COVID-19 and are providing up to date information and advice on it’s website at

As the entire country has moved to Level 3 Waterways Ireland has temporarily suspended the 5 day mooring rule with effect from 7th October. Locks and public jetties remain open but non-essential travel outside your own county is not allowed .

While social boating is now possible, people should only boat with members of their own household. Continue to pay particular attention to correct hand hygiene, cleaning of surfaces, cough/sneeze etiquette and physical distancing (social distancing) – keeping 2m between yourself and anyone not living in the same house / flat / boat as you.

IWAI has released an infographic on social distancing while boating.

Branches can only meet using technology e.g. skype/zoom meetings, conference calls, email discussions, WhatsApp etc

Gatherings are limited to 6 persons max indoors from one household and 15 persons max outdoors whilst maintaining social distancing and all other public health measures.

However all IWAI organized events, with the exception of work parties, remain postponed and any events that do take place may not be covered by IWAI insurance at this time.

If a branch wishes to organise a work party they must contact the Vice President in advance at

If you are feeling unwell, with a fever and/or cough, stay at home and phone your GP.

Executive will update this guidance as the situation develops but it is essential that members keep themselves informed using the information at the links above.


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Download National Framework for living with COVID-19 pdf