A joint statement from the governors of three neighboring Northeast states with substantial coastlines outlined the reopening of marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers.
Governors Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York said the businesses can reopen following strict social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
“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,” Cuomo said.
While some marinas, ramps, repair facilities and manufacturers have remained open during the pandemic, others — such as Viking Yachts — closed voluntarily for a while.
“Our states share workforces, resources, public transit, and we all have a shared connection on the water,” Lamont said. “This is yet another example of how our states have shared interests. …This decision provides uniformity across our marinas.”
Boat rentals and charters are still prohibited, and marina restaurants would be under the same take out or delivery-only guidelines as other food service establishments in the three states.
“We've committed to working with our regional partners throughout this crisis to align our policies when and where appropriate,” Murphy said. “A unified approach is the most effective way to alleviate confusion for the residents of our states during the ongoing public health emergency.”