Reaping the health benefits of spending time outdoors has never seemed more important than during the pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo realizes this, and came together with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to expand on the outdoor recreation options during this difficult time.
The three governors announced on Saturday that marinas, boatyards, and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing guidelines and sanitization protocols are followed. Boat rentals and chartered watercraft services will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at these sites must be limited to takeout or delivery only. This announcement is applicable to New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Governor Cuomo emphasized the states working together to administer a uniform approach. “Aligning our polices in this area is another example of that strong partnership, and will help ensure there is no confusion or ‘state shopping’ when it comes to marinas and boatyards,” he said in a statement.
The DEC commented on the new guidelines on their Facebook page, maintaining that access to DEC and State Parks boat launches will be allowed under strict adherence to the following:
- Try to keep at least six feet of distance between you and others.
- Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands.
- Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid surfaces that are touched often such as rails, posts, or tie-off cleats.
- Wear masks in public when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained.
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