Friday, May 29

Detailed Guide, Map, of What’s Open, State by State

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Here’s an updated guide to what’s open for boating, state by state, from Discover Boating. Click on the link at the bottom of this story to find an interactive map showing all the states, and scroll down for a detailed list, state by state, spelling out what’s open there.

Boating During COVID-19: Navigating Local Restrictions & Safe Social Distancing

Boating safety is always—always—a critical consideration whenever you push off the dock, but with all the recent issues regarding COVID-19, many people are wondering if boating is considered a safe social distancing practice. 

As boaters everywhere do their best to navigate these uncharted waters, we’ll do our best to serve as a reliable resource in answering many of your questions about boating during the coronavirus—from navigating local boating restrictions and boat ramp closures in your area, to following best practices for social distancing on the water.

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:

https://www.discoverboating.com/public-boat-landings-access-map

 

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