Regulatory Reference Guide

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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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Italy
Government support of industry during COVID-19
June 8, 2020

"The most significant government intervention for the industry concerns the ""Cure Italy"" decree, which has allocated more than 11 billion euros in social security benefits and extended to all companies the instrument of the lay-off fund in derogation, for 9 weeks.
Currently the following government financial support is anticipated:
1)All the financial loans and leasing contracts have been suspended for 3 months in order to preserve the financial liquidity of the companies
2)The payment of VAT to the state and other taxes, together with the high contributions on the wages of employees have been suspended for 3 months
3)A tax credit has been granted to shops, restaurants (even the ones operating inside marinas) who can prove they had losses caused by Covid-19 situation, by comparing the income from the previous year.
The government has suspended concession fees until the end of July. A request has been made to grant the same benefits to marinas

The Government has published on 8th April a decree with measures to give immediate liquidity to the industry (400 dollars billion in State guarantees to support business and exports)
Further support to the industrial system from the Government is expected in the coming days
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New Zealand
Government support of industry during COVID-19
June 8, 2020

The Government has provided employers NZ dollar 585 for each employee per week for 12 weeks if they expect business income to be down by 30% or more. Over half of the work force have received this grant.

Colombia
Government support of industry during COVID-19
June 8, 2020

The government has promoted and supported different initiatives for companies and individuals, with the purpose of maintaining jobs, income, the supply of water and energy, food and basic hygiene items; while the economic system is reactivated.

France
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

The French government has decided to ease the lockdown rules as from Monday 11th May. It means that the citizens are now allowed to move freely in a range of 100 km around their residence area, the schools are going to re-open gradually, most of the shops are allowed to open their doors, but of course with social distancing measures and sanitary regulations. Home work remains encouraged for those who can do it, while other workers have to return to work in their enterprises or production facilities, where a specific sanitary protocol shall apply. Gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people. The practice of an individual sport is now allowed, thus boating activities are now authorized, and marinas operations are going to restart under the condition of strict sanitary rules. Anyway, for those who leave far away from their boat (more than 100 km), it is still impossible to reach their home marina. Access to the beaches and to the seashore remains something to be clarified, and it would be possible to walk on the beach, paddle or surf, but not to remain lying on the sand, and this is a point that has to be addressed by local authorities within the next few days. Hotels and restaurants remain closed for some more weeks, but the deadline is not known.

Northern Cyprus
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"The Council of Ministers has extended the period of some restrictions and measures already taken due to the Coronavirus outbreak accordingly, whose deadlines were to expire as of April 30, including:
-The ban on entry to North Cyprus (TRNC) by sea for non-TRNC citizens has been extended until May 15th.
-The obligation to wear a mask will continue.
-The restriction on the working hours of markets places will continue (open till 20:00).
-After May 4th, a partial curfew will be imposed on Sundays. Only going out to a supermarket, a butcher or a petrol station will be permitted.
-Pharmacies and Banks will return to normal working hours from May 4th.
-The closure of places such as schools and study centres has been extended until May 15th.
-Cinemas, theatres, and events where people get together will continue to be banned until May 15th.
-Restaurants, cafes, bars, cafeterias, bakeries, buffets, tourism sector, hotels, accommodation, and other entertainment places and activities will be closed until 15th May.
-Until May 15th offices vital to the public sector will begin work using a method of rotation and under certain conditions. Services will be provided on the basis of requirement in the offices that the ministries deem necessary. In this process, the necessary flexibility will be shown for those in the risk group, such as working from home.
-Wherever possible, in buildings where people congregate, public services will be provided by an appointment system. The number of people who can be found in the building at the same time will be restricted, hygiene, social distancing, and mask rules will be observed.
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Hong Kong
Government support of industry during COVID-19
June 8, 2020

The boating industry has been mostly ignored by The HK Government where it comes to financial help for the industry, even although the HK BIA has written to the Chief Executive and other government departments. Having said that the HK Government promised all residents a handout of HK dollar 10,000 each (US 1,280) back on March 3rd., It will be July before we can apply for it.

Thailand
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"Thailand has announced the Emergency Decree since 26th March. This decree prohibits international arrival, provincial crossing, mass gathering, closure of airports, public transportation, schools, hotels, bars, shopping malls, markets, national park, sport venue and etc, and enact a curfew from 20.00 to 04.00. All persons are to wear mask at all time.
Boats are to remain at port and not allowed to cross province or visit any islands. Marine tourism is prohibited. Marina is allowed to open but must provide mask to all staff, daily disinfected facility cleaning, make alcohol gel available, and facial mask wearing at all time. Restaurant can serve take away food only.
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South Africa
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

South Africa has entered “level 3” lockdown which allows all economic activity at 100% with the exception of sit down restaurants and personal care like hairdressing etc. Boating is still prohibited but new boats can be delivered on their own bottoms to clients. Currently there is no access to beaches and no surfing or ocean sports activity permitted. The curfew has been lifted and the “exercise” window of three hours has been extended to twelve hours. There are still significant delays in the ports for export and import and air freight is still a huge challenge.

Slovenia
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

Since 15th May the Government of the Republic of Slovenia was the first EU country to announce the end of the Covid-19 epidemic. Upon arrival in Slovenia, quarantine is no longer mandatory for EU citizenship.

New Zealand
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"New Zealand with a population of 5 million has approximately 200 active Covid-19 cases with 6 people in hospital and 19 people who have died. New cases are declining and there were 3 new cases today the 29th April. NZ closed its borders in late March when we had only a few hundred cases and the borders will remain closed to non NZers for the foreseeable future. On the 28th April most businesses and schools reopened. Restaurants and gatherings of 10 or more people are still not allowed but this is expected to be relaxed over the next couple of months. People are still required to stay in their home ‘bubble of family’ and not socialise.
Recreational boating is not allowed except for kayaking and rowing non-motorised boats but this is expected to be relaxed over the next couple of months.
The NZ Government is respected in NZ and overseas for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic so swiftly and with tough rules
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