Governors Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Ned Lamont of Connecticut announced that marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed open in their States for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.
Chartered watercraft services or rentals will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at these sites must be limited to take-out or delivery only, like anywhere else in the three states. This announcement aligns the policies of the three states on this particular service.
DiscoverBoating.com recommends the following social distancing protocols for boaters:
- You need to limit the people aboard to those family members you share your home with, period—no guests.
- You also can’t raft up with other boats or pull up onto a beach close to another boat, as that could put you in close proximity with the occupants.
- You also have to be careful to maintain a safe distance from others when doing things like loading up at the marina or fueling the boat.
- After doing anything that requires touching an item someone else may have touched, like a marina gate lock or a fuel pump, disinfect by washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer as soon as possible.
Maintain the highest level of safety pack your gear and supplies ahead of time and don’t plan to stop at a store on the way to the marina or launch ramp, as you usually might.