Boating Reopens in Maryland
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced May 6th that recreational boating and fishing will be permitted beginning at 7am on May 7, 2020.
We are excited to be able to get back on the water and want to provide some guidelines on how to keep you and your crew safe.
Governor Larry Hogan announced that boating will officially open in Maryland as of 7am on Thursday, May 7th, 2020.
With this boating restriction lifted there are still safety precautions boaters should take. Here are best practices for staying safe this spring amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Best Practices For Safe Boating Amid COVID-19
Guidelines provided by the Marine Trades Association of Maryland.
BOATING GUIDELINES (for official and updated guidelines provided by dNR please click here)
- Boat Mates must be House Mates
- Try to limit your movement in marinas - vehicle to boat and back.
- No congregating on the dock or launch ramp. Maintain a 6-foot distance at launch ramp or dock.
- Be prepared to use your boat’s bathroom facilities.
- Safely distance from fellow boaters. Follow CDC Guidelines for distancing.
- Be self-sufficient: Pack sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, disposable gloves, and masks with the rest of your provisions.
- Avoid direct contact with fuel dock attendants and other marina staff. Most fuel docks will require you to call in your credit card for fuel purchase, some may have Apple pay or Venmo.
- Follow State and CDC guidelines for wearing masks when in proximity of marina personnel at the fuel dock.
- Follow marina, yard or yacht club access rules for stores, restrooms and public areas.
- Limit your area to your crew. Avoid the common practice of helping others with lines.
- Safely park your vehicle to avoid congregating.
- Out on the water – do not beach near other boaters, raft up, or share moorings.
- Find a secluded spot away from others to relax.
- Be prepared to dock or trailer with your crew only.
- After boating, when you return to your marina or community pier, utilize gloves for lines, hoses and cords. Dispose of trash according to area rules. Do not congregate.
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