NEW YORK — The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced that the three states will align on policy for marinas and boatyards during the coronavirus pandemic.
New York’s Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey’s Phil Murphy and Connecitcut’s Ned Lamont announced Saturday that those areas will be allowed to stay open for personal use as long as social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed. Chartered watercraft services or rentals are against the law in all three states. Restaurant activity at the sites must be limited to take-out or delivery only.
“We’ve committed to working with our regional partners throughout this crisis to align our policies when and where appropriate,” said Gov. Murphy. “A unified approach is the most effective way to alleviate confusion for the residents of our states during the ongoing public health emergency.”
“Throughout this pandemic, we’ve worked closely with our friends in neighboring states to implement a uniform regional approach to reducing the spread of the virus,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Aligning our polices in this area is another example of that strong partnership, and will help ensure there is no confusion or ‘state shopping’ when it comes to marinas and boatyards.”
“Our states share workforces, resources, public transit, and we all have share a connection on the water,” Gov. Lamont said. “This is yet another example of how our states have shared interests, which is all the more reason to collaborate on these kinds of decisions. This decision provides uniformity across our marinas.”
The three states have seen a combined over 300,000 positive coronavirus cases and over 22,000 deaths as of Saturday.