(Manassas, VA, Tuesday, May 12, 2020) – COVID-19 is forcing everyone to navigate uncharted waters, including boaters. For the annual celebration of National Safe Boating Week, held May 16 to May 22, the National Safe Boating Council recommends boaters follow local health guidance for outdoor recreation.
Yvonne Pentz, communications director, National Safe Boating Council, has tips for boating and social distancing.
IN AREAS THAT THE WATER IS OPEN IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT BOATERS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO LIMIT UNNECESSARY RISK NOT ONLY TO THEMSELVES, BUT TO OTHER BOATERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS. FOLLOW STATE AND LOCAL GUIDANCE FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION, SUCH AS LIMIT THE PEOPLE ABOARD YOUR BOAT TO THOSE IN YOUR IMMEDIATE HOUSEHOLD AND ALWAYS WEAR A U.S. COAST GUARD-APPROVED LIFE JACKET.
BE SURE TO MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE AT THE FUEL DOCK AND AT THE MARINA. PACK FOOD, WATER AND OTHER THINGS YOU MAY NEED AND BE AWARE OF PUBLIC RESTROOM CLOSURES. DON’T RAFT UP TO OTHER BOATERS OR PULL UP ONTO A BEACH IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO OTHERS, NEVER BOAT UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND ALWAYS CARRY ALL REQUIRED BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT.
For more information, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com.