Province allowing marinas to partially reopen

boats docked at a marina By MAGNIFIER/Shutterstock

The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen so long as they comply with strict public health measures during the pandemic. Those permitted to start operations on May 4 include seasonal businesses like marinas.

Marinas are allowed to begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and putting them in the water, but they will remain closed to the public. Boats and watercraft will have to be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is permitted.

The Boating Ontario Association welcomed the news. The industry association had submitted over 100 letters to the government requesting marinas be allowed to prepare for the upcoming boating season or face possible job losses and closures.

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“We are allowing certain businesses to reopen under strict guidelines because we are confident they can operate safely and adapt to the current environment,” said Premier Doug Ford.

The government, in partnership with Ontario’s health and safety associations, have developed more than 60 guidelines in response to COVID-19.

Until public access returns, here are 5 dos and don’ts for cottage country marinas.

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