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Can I charter a boat?

Last Updated: 07/10/2020

Charter fishing services, for-hire vessels, and watercraft rental businesses may open so long as they follow required social distancing measures.

What To Expect

The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in EO 146, EO 157, and EO 158. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of EO 146, EO 157, and EO 158, and businesses should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

Charter fishing services, for-hire vessels, and watercraft rental businesses must adopt policies that include:

  • Limiting total capacity of any outdoor area to a number that ensures that all individuals can remain six feet apart
  • Limiting the number of patrons in any indoor premises to 25 percent capacity – excluding employees
  • Requiring crew and passengers to wear a face covering while aboard the vessel, in indoor areas, and in outdoor areas when social distancing is difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual's health
  • If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons then the business must decline the individual entry into the indoor premises
  • Prohibiting food and beverage service
  • Social distancing measures on the vessels and in waiting and boarding areas, including demarcation and signage;
  • Prohibiting sharing of fishing equipment, bait, and gear
  • Limiting the use of nets or gaffs to the crew
  • Providing sanitization materials to passengers and crew
  • Frequent sanitization of vessel and high-touch areas
  • Limit occupancy in restrooms that remain open to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing through signage and, where practicable, the utilization of attendants to monitor capacity
  • Require reservations, cancellations and prepayments be made via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactions

Guidance For Employees

Recreational businesses must impose the following requirements on employees:

  • Require employees with symptoms of COVID-19 be sent home
  • Require all employees to wear face coverings while indoors, except where doing so would inhibit the individual's health
  • Require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods
  • Provide all employees with face coverings and gloves free of charge
  • Provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to staff

Source: Executive Order No. 146; Executive Order No. 157; Executive Order No. 158;