I am fully aware of the frustrations and concerns being felt by you. I have noted some of these concerns and would like to comment on them. Some members are looking to get back working as soon as possible and even earlier than the restrictions allow, so I take this opportunity to update you and ask you to be patient.
I have been working on the issue on getting our charter businesses up and running. At present we are restricted to do so, having regard to and abiding by the parameters laid down by the HSE and HPSC. These restrictions are governed by legislation and if we breach them, we could be fined or worse. Don't forget we are also licensed charter boats. I am thinking of the membership in general and I am also aware of the hardships that have befallen our members.
To update you and to remind you, phase 2 will come into play on 8th June and I am aware at the moment that we are severely restricted to 5 km from home and not much better on 8th June when 20 km will be allowed.
At the moment myself and Joe Lynch, our secretary, are drawing an SOP (standard operating procedure) document. This document, I believe will be demanded from us by the HSE should we wish to operate. The document will cover all the precautions we will take to abide by the guidelines laid down by the HSE asking them (the HSE) to take into account that we are operating a charter boat which we will have to address certain issues as to how we can best protect our passengers.This SOP document will cover all issues and hopefully help to get us back to work. I think it is important that we get the blessing form the Government to do so. I also think it is the proper way to go about it because other businesses have done the same. We need to show that the I.C.S.A. is a responsible organisation in abiding by the regulations laid down at this time.
I would hope before the 8th June to update you further and ask you to stand together on these important issues
Have faith, keep safe.