The health and safety of our visitors is our number one priority

At BOATS2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Ltd we are proud to provide a safe environment, guaranteeing an abundance of flexible outdoor space while abiding by social distancing regulations and other government guidelines.

Does BOATS2020 comply with the latest government advice and regulations?

Yes. We have received approval to run the event from the Government and Southampton City Council. We will continue to monitor all government advice and regulations on a daily basis to ensure that the experience we provide complies with all regulations and offers a comfortable experience for all guests.

What can I do to reduce the risk?

  • In accordance with the Government’s Rule of Six, we ask that you should visit the Show in groups no larger than six, unless you all live together or are in the same support bubble. Please avoid interaction with anyone outside the group you are in, even if you see other people that you know at the Show.
  • All tickets must be purchased in advance this year through our website. We will not be selling tickets at the gate.
  • You must wear a face covering at the Show.
  • Follow any directional signage you see and also look out for social distancing markers, including at the entrances and toilet facilities.
  • Keep 2m apart from those around you.

How will you be maintaining social distancing and ensuring that visitors are not overtly at risk?

  • Frequent signage will be installed throughout the event space to alert everybody to be mindful of social distancing and to help navigate around the site.
  • Throughout the Show, we have located hygiene stations. We encourage all attendees to regularly wash and disinfect their hands. Multiple hand sanitiser stations will also be provided.
  • To safely control footfall throughout the event, all visitors will need to pre-book. No one will be able to buy a ticket on the gate this year.
  • Introduction of 5m+ width walkways and pontoons to allow for social distancing when moving around the Show.
  • In areas where we expect queuing, i.e. at the entrance to the event, points will be marked on the ground to Show visitors where to stand and attendants will be reminding people.
  • Large catering and seating areas will be marked out adhering to social distancing regulations.
  • If you are feeling unwell, with COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to the Show. If you feel unwell at the Show, then please report to the medical area at the show, alerting a member of the boat Show team.

What safety precautions are being taken by staff and exhibitors at the Show?

  • We trust all of our staff and exhibitors to adhere to the latest Government advice, which we have shared with them and to let the BOATS2020 team know immediately if their situation changes.
  • COVID-19 measures extend to the boats on display. After each visit, we’ll be sanitising all customer touchpoints, including handrails, doorknobs, seats and cupboards.
  • All visitors, staff, exhibitors, and contractors will be made aware that they are to report any symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of visiting the event.
  • If we are notified that anybody who visited the event has symptoms, we will notify all staff, exhibitors, visitors and contractors as soon as possible and will notify everybody as soon as the results of their test are available.
  • Within the Show’s food courts, you’ll find contactless payment, dedicated cleaners and protective screens between yourselves and the catering team. A socially distanced queuing system will also be in place.
  • Exhibitors will be advised to wear a face covering throughout the Show in enclosed areas.
  • Constant cleaning of the site seating areas and toilets will be in action throughout the Show.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be included throughout the Show.
  • Rest assured that the Show will be thoroughly cleaned during the course of the day and again each evening before it reopens.