What are the rules around social distancing and boating? 1) Do all parties on the vessel need to reside in the same household? 2) Is there a limit to the amount of individuals on the vessel (still within the boats labeled capacity)?
This is a great question, and one that we have heard a lot of different rumors about. So to best answer this question, I reached out to Dr. David Colby to get the answer!
Question 1 – Do all parties on the vessel need to reside in the same household?
Answer 1 – No – It is recommended, however is not required
Question 2 – Is there a limit to the amount of individuals on the vessel (still within the boats labeled capacity)?
Answer 2 – The limit is five until Friday when it goes up to 10 or capacity of boat
In addition to these questions and answers, here are some other tips from Transport Canada:
Staying home saves lives; but if you are going to travel on the water, be prepared. Check any provincial, territorial, local and regional health measures regarding social gatherings, physical distancing, or non-essential services that might impact your trip.
You are not allowed to travel between Canada and the USA, unless the trip is deemed essential and always be aware of the local situation at your destination.
During your travels: Avoid any unnecessary contact with others during your trip: respect the local health authority’s measures with respect to the size and make-up of your boating group.
- don’t share your boating or fishing equipment
- keep a distance of at least 2 meters from other people and boats as much as possible avoid using boat ramp docks while other people are on them
- don’t beach your boat right next to someone else
Face coverings and non-medical masks can be useful for short periods of time, when physical distancing isn’t possible in public settings if the face covering or non-medical mask becomes damp or wet, we encourage you to replace it with a dry one Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer