Tri-State Area Governors Reach Agreement on Reopening Marinas, Boatyards, and Marine Manufacturers
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Posted by: Mickaela Hilleren
On Saturday, April 18, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitation protocols are followed. Chartered watercraft services or rentals will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at these sites must be limited to take-out or delivery only, like anywhere else in the three states. This announcement aligns the policies of the three states on this particular service.
"Throughout this pandemic, we've worked closely with our friends in neighboring states to implement a uniform regional approach to reducing the spread of the virus," Governor Cuomo said. "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."
"We've committed to working with our regional partners throughout this crisis to align our policies when and where appropriate, “said Governor Murphy. “A unified approach is the most effective way to alleviate confusion for the residents of our states during the ongoing public health emergency."
"Our states share workforces, resources, public transit, and we all have share a connection on the water," Governor Lamont said. "This is yet another example of how our states have shared interests, which is all the more reason to collaborate on these kinds of decisions. This decision provides uniformity across our marinas."
Here is the formal order:
Empire State Development has updated their Guidance on Executive Order 202.6:
Marinas, boatyards, and recreational marine manufacturers, for ongoing marina operations and boat repair/maintenance, where such facilities adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation 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.
MRAA has outlined ways for your company to safely operate within CDC, EPA, and OSHA guidelines on our Guide to Getting Back to Work. Additional information can be found at mraa.com/page/covid-19.
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