How are State and Federal COVID-19 Orders impacting your spring?

Roccus7

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Maine just had a Stay at Home Order announced that takes place at 12:01 AM tonight. I freaked a little, but got a hold of the executive order and was proud to see how our Governor defined "Essential Activities".

This from Section B of the Executive Order, allowed Essential Activities include:

  • Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as fishing, walking, hiking, running or biking, but only in compliance with the gathering restriction in Executive Order 14 FY 19/20 and all applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. and Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Travel to and from your home to Essential Activities IS also allowed.

Governor Janet even cited FISHING as the first essential outdoor exercise activity!! It's nice to have a state government that recognizes the importance of fishing.
 

WillD

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Mar 6, 2019
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The only impact so far for me is the complete closure of the west end. It's only 5 minutes from my house and I always will randomly take an unplanned trip before work now i have to go elsewhere. Other than that just avoiding the crowds.
 

Chinacat

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My boat is in a private community marina at the end of our road so I think I'm OK as long as we keep our safe distances from each other. Half the guys here are 2nd homeowners and don't do or know how to do a single bit of work on their own boats so they may not be able to even go in if they cant the work done for them which works out even better for me8-)
 

Roccus7

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My boat is in a private community marina at the end of our road so I think I'm OK as long as we keep our safe distances from each other. Half the guys here are 2nd homeowners and don't do or know how to do a single bit of work on their own boats so they may not be able to even go in if they cant the work done for them which works out even better for me8-)
Oooooohh, keep on the look out for low hour, good buys this summer!! Those fair weather boaters will start to bail, especially when they can't afford their expensive toys!!
 

dsedy

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I received this NYS DEC email. No Rec Charters until further notice basically . This sucks big fat bunker!

Hopefully they lift this in time for late spring.


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Response to COVID-19: A Message to Fishing Charters, Guides and Anglers
Fishing Safely This Season
A fishing rod between two peopleNew York State is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York's lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York's waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.

Please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

Try to keep at least six feet of distance between you and others.
Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands.
Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.
When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC's website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should always be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC's website.

Charters and Guides
The "New York State on PAUSE" Executive Order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone during the COVID-19 response, includes a directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close effective at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.

At this time, fishing guides or charters of any size have been determined to be not essential and are subject to workforce reduction requirements of the Executive Order. The full and updated guidance on which types of businesses are determined essential and other designations associated with the order can be found online.

 

capt dickie

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Mar 30, 2020
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My boatyard is locked up, like my boat robed a bank. I cant even get to her to do maintenance. I have a gut feeling these regulations are not going away any time soon! I m waiting to get a bill from them for summer storage, i wouldn't put it past them
 

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