In May, the European Union banned the use of mobile phones and other mobile communications devices in the ocean for use in areas where there are no coastal protection or coast guard ships.
In a move designed to curb the spread of diseases in the water, the EU also imposed restrictions on the sale of underwater communication equipment (UCDs) and restricted the number of people who could be in contact with the equipment.
A British official, speaking to Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity, said the government has no plans to change the law.
“We do not see that it would be a good thing for the environment and the economy, particularly when there are a lot of people already using it,” the official said.
This year, the UK has reported 10 new cases of coronavirus, with four deaths and nine cases still under investigation.
In total, 1,500 people in the UK have tested positive for the virus, which has killed at least 6,500.
The European Commission has already approved a £1.6bn injection of funds for UCDs.
The British government has said it would continue to use the equipment, but has said that it will not require that all of the devices are equipped with the devices.
In April, the United States and Germany imposed similar bans on the use and sale of UCD, with the US saying it was following a recommendation by the US National Academy of Sciences.
The UK is currently the only member of the European Commission to have implemented the new regulations.
A spokesperson for the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which has responsibility for tracking infectious disease cases, said that the ONS has no record of any case of a person in the country testing positive for coronaviruses during this period.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the measures were necessary to keep the country safe from the spread.
On Wednesday, May was due to make a speech in London on the UK’s role in the EU.
She has said she is committed to the UK remaining in the single market and the customs union and is considering whether to retain her seat in the European Parliament in a possible vote to trigger Brexit talks.
May is facing an early election due to be held in 2020.