It is great to see pleasure craft starting to return to Weymouth Harbour. The lockdown has been long and devoid of much normal activity. Yachts and Tall Ships have been sorely missed this year. Although there have been a few stand up paddleboarders around.
We have seen most of the Guesthouses and Hotels re-opening this week. Pubs and restaurants are starting to open again and it is good news all round for Tourism. Even Covid-19 nes is reasonably good recently. Dorset cases are believed to be below 2 cases per day. The UK Government has pledged to buy 100 million doses of a trial vaccine (ADZ1222) from Astra-Zeneca?Oxford UNiversity. Also, UK is purchasing a further 60 million doses of “ASO3” vaccine from Sanofi/Glaxo-Smith-Kline, despite worries earlier about availability. Hopefully, one or both of these vaccines will prove effective.
Harbour changes – Pleasure craft return
Meanwhile, in the Harbour, the pontoons are back and align better with available services (power, water, etc). There is hope for a new Harbourmaster appointment. The new Ferry Steps are open and Weymouth Bay cruises are back. Unfortunately, the Portland Ferry and rowboat ferries will not start till 2021. There is hope that a new cross-channel Ferry may be in sight, following negotiations.