Skip to main content

Is Boating Banned in Maryland?

Chesapeakelandsat

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued among the most stringent stay-at-home executive orders in the nation this week — with an open expiration date — which includes fines of up to $5,000 and a possible one-year jail sentence.

“We are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home. We are directing them to do so,” Hogan said in a statement.

But it was the language in the order that specifically prohibits recreational boating that prompted a host of questions from Marylanders as to the activities that would be allowed and those thatwould be banned.

Yesterday, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources created a FAQ page on its website to help boaters, anglers, hunters and paddlers to understand what is allowed under the order.

According to the DNR, recreational boating is prohibited. However, “if an individual is boating to seek food for them or their family, boating is permitted.”

Hunting and fishing are allowed “if you are seeking food for you or your family, but social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.”

Charter boats and liveaboards are granted an exception. To the former, the FAQ states:
“As part of the food supply chain, charter boats can continue operating but must abide by social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on gatherings of more than 10 people.”

As long as a state park is open, fishing is allowed. A guide to open and closed parks can be found here. Kayaks and standup paddleboards are considered a form of exercise, so they are allowed under the order.

With all activities, the DNR stressed that social distancing rules will be strictly enforced.

As for marinas, certain trades and services are listed in the order. “Companies engaged in the … distribution and sale of oil, gas, and propane products” and “companies that supply parts or provide maintenance and repair services for transportation assets and infrastructure including … marine vessels,” are exempt.

“This is current guidance and subject to change throughout the duration of the public health emergency,” the DNR states.

Related

A Tax Incentive for Innovation

A deep dive into the research and development tax credit usually yields savings

ABYC Reschedules Meetings

Postponed due to Covid, the annual meeting goes virtual in February, and the Marine Law Symposium moves to April in Providence, R.I.

Daiwa Appoints Marketing Manager

Marc Mills will handle marketing efforts for North American and South American markets.

VIP Access Available for MIBS

The tickets include admission to the VIP lounges at One Herald Plaza and the Miami Beach Convention Center, along with other perks.

South Fork Wind Farm Gets EPA Approval

The Clean Air Act permit contains pollution control requirements for the construction and operation of the wind farm, which will be located southwest of Martha’s Vineyard.

Dockmate Launches New Technology

The SoftDocking wireless remote control system eliminates the delay between engaging the throttle and the boat beginning to move.

Minneapolis Innovation Award Winners Announced

NMMA and Boating Writers International handed out the awards in four categories during the Minneapolis Boat Show preview yesterday.