Boating During COVID-19: Navigating Local Restrictions & Safe Social Distancing
Is Boating a Safe Social Distancing Activity?
The short answer is yes, but the long answer is a bit more involved.
First and foremost, all the usual rules apply:
- 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.
Finally, to 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.
Click on the link below to find the interactive map, and the detailed list of what’s open, state by state: