Breaking news on April 20, 2020!
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo now has added certain boating activities to the essential business list maintained by Empire State Development. In this recent change, what had been the Governor’s previous directive that “use of boat launches and marinas for recreational vessels is not considered essential,” now has become:
“Marinas, boatyards, and recreational marine manufacturers, for ongoing marina operations and boat repair/maintenance, where such facilities adhere to strict social distancing and sanitization protocols. Use of such sites for the purposes of personal use or operation of boats or other watercraft is permissible, provided that no establishment offer chartered watercraft services or rentals. Restaurant activity at such sites are limited to take-out or delivery only.”
This means that certain boating-related activities are permissible so long as strict social distancing and sanitation procedures are in place and followed.