Regulatory Reference Guide


Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

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Updated date Country Criteria
May 15, 2020 Northern Cyprus COVID-19 Restrictions

From Friday, May 15th
- The night curfew is enforced between 22.00-06.00

From Wednesday, May 20th
- The night curfew is enforced between 00-00-06.00.
- Restaurant, cafes and patisseries will open. Relevant ministries are preparing the necessary conditions
- Beauty salons will open, in addition to the opening of the Barbers and Hairdressers. No test before opening. After the opening, the health ministry will run random tests.

From Monday, June 1st
- Nurseries will start serving

May 12, 2020 Northern Cyprus COVID-19 Restrictions

Restrictions in place until June 1st
- The night curfew
- Picnic areas and children's park areas closed
- All social events and mass events still prohibited
- Restaurants, gyms and beaches (and other specified businesses) are to remain closed

Schools and educational institutions remain closed until June 30th

From Sunday, May 17th
- Marketplaces can open, including those belonging to municipalities and open-air ones. The spacing of the stalls, entrances and exits will be carried out under the rules of the municipalities.
- On Sundays, supermarkets, fuel stations and pharmacies will be allowed to open. Businesses already permitted to can open too.

From Monday, May 18th
- Individual boats for personal use at marinas can be used for sailing in the TRNC waters
- The Sunday partial curfew will be lifted
- Mobile food vendors will be able to sell
- Individual sporting activities and training can take place in sports grounds and sports fields, plus sporting activities are allowed in picnic and green areas
- Individual walking activities are allowed on hiking paths
- Historical ruins, historical sites and tourist attractions can be visited

From Wednesday, May 20th
- Barbers and hairdressers will only be open for haircuts and hair care, but beard cutting, manicure pedicures etc. services will not be provided.

From Monday, June 1st
- Entry will be open to all citizens whose usual place of residence is the TRNC. This does not include work permit holders. Previously entry was only available for those who had travelled for health or bereavement purposes only. The 14-day quarantine rule applies.

May 11, 2020 Brazil Government support of industry during COVID-19

Some federal taxes has been delayed by the government
Loan facilities were offered for the industry 

May 11, 2020 Brazil COVID-19 Restrictions

A number of state governments have take stricter lockdown measures (Brazil is a country of continental size and have differents issues by region)

May 1, 2020 Japan Taxation

A 10% consumption tax is imposed on every product exclude grocery from October 1st, 2019.

April 28, 2020 Belgium Government support of industry during COVID-19

All employees which can not work because of decisions of the government , a.e.   no watersports are allowed anymore, will receive 70 % of their loan from the government.

Small business which have to stop all their activities (sport clubs) receive 100 euro and from 15th of March 160 euro  for every  closed day.

The government will announce new rules from 4th of May  to start up the economy again. 

April 21, 2020 New Zealand COVID-19 Restrictions

The country is under mandatory lockdown. All residents are required to remain in their homes and stay in the same place for at least the next four weeks. Marinas and boatyards have closed, boat owners and the public are not allowed to travel other than to super markets or medical care facilities, so Marinas and Boat Yards are not to be visited. A small number of marinas have retained some live aboard who are under strict controls. People are permitted to exercise by walking around the immediate area around their home, but a visit to the beach for a swim is not permitted. Marinas are permitted to have a security guard but no other staff on site. 

April 29, 2020 Spain Government support of industry during COVID-19

The government approved on 24 March the launch of credits for 20,000 million to guarantee the liquidity of the companies most affected by Covid-19. Half of that amount will be used to guarantee new loans to SMEs and the self-employed.
Paying taxes is delayed.
The term of the tax procedures already started will last until April 30, and those that are going to open are extended until May 20.

April 21, 2020 Sweden Government support of industry during COVID-19

There is a full package of support available for SMEs affected by the current situation. Application process seems complicated, so Sweboat is assisting their members with this.

April 21, 2020 United Kingdom Government support of industry during COVID-19

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme goes live on Monday, 20th April and British Marine are encouraging all their members to apply where applicable.
Businesses that fall within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will benefit from a 12-month business rates holiday.
The UK Government has also announced a series of grants for UK businesses. Businesses with a rateable value of under £15,000 will be entitled to receive a grant of up to £10,000.
For businesses with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 they will be eligible to receive a grant of up to £25,000. British Marine understands that local authorities will contact eligible businesses directly and so there is no requirement to file an application.
The Government has launched a temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme to help businesses that may require additional financial assistance.
The scheme will provide loans of up to £5 million in value. These will be backed by the British Business Bank and delivered through commercial lenders. This scheme is now open for applications and we would encourage businesses to discuss their requirements directly with the banks participating in the scheme, details of which can be found here.
The Government is taking additional measures to protect jobs by creating a dedicated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. This scheme applies to all UK businesses, regardless of their size. Employers will be able to contact HMRC for a grant to cover most of the wages of staff who are not working but are furloughed and kept on the company’s payroll system.
This grant from the UK Government will cover 80% of the salary of retained workers up to a total of £2,500 per month. We understand payments will be backdated to 1 March 2020 with the expectation that the scheme will be in place for a period of three months, with the first set of grants being delivered by the end of April. Employees must have been on the company’s payroll on 28 February 2020 to qualify.