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
June 8, 2020 Japan COVID-19 Restrictions

"Japan Government extended the nationwide state of Emergency Declaration on 4th May to the end of May but said it would reassess the situation on 14th May and possibly lift the measures earlier for some prefectures.
Some engine manufactures decided to suspend the production on May and/or June.
Boat builders are still manufacturing, but worrying about the decline in new orders and the delay of imported engines to be installed.

June 8, 2020 Italy COVID-19 Restrictions

Until 2 June travel to and from abroad is prohibited, except for proven work requirements, health reasons or absolute urgency. All travelers entering Italy are obliged to immediately notify the Prevention Department of the competent territorial health service and are subject to health surveillance and fiduciary isolation for a period of fourteen days; an exemption is allowed to travelers who remain in Italy for a maximum of 72 hours.
From 3 June 2020, travel to and from foreign countries will be permitted. Movements may only be restricted by measures taken in relation to specific States and territories, in accordance with the principles of adequacy and proportionality to the epidemiological risk and in compliance with the constraints arising from EU law and international obligations.

Until Sunday 17 May just a few Italian regions had allowed boating with strict limitations but, thanks to a strong lobbying action in the last weeks, Confindustria Nautica managed to allow boating again in the whole country from Monday 18.
Boating is now permitted within the framework of the general rules of travel of the individuals (as there is still a ban on trips between different regions and on the arrival from foreign countries, that should be lifted from 3 June) and within the application of the new guidelines for marine activities issued by the Ministry of Transport:

-Recreational boating and bareboat charter
Users’ individual responsibility remains the key factor in the application on board of the general social distancing measures (1m between non-cohabitant persons).
Individuals can share the same cabin only if they live in the same house
Personal protection equipment must be used during docking procedures and dock assistance, bunkering, setting sails, etc.
For charter boats the sanitization of the craft after each change of guests is compulsory.

-Crewed charter
Additional measures include the regular sanitization of the crew areas and the obligation for the crew to be tested for Covid-19 before boarding and to check their body temperature daily. Third parties are not allowed to access charter boats.
Confindustria Nautica continues to work with the Italian institutions to improve the guidelines, especially with regards to the lifting of restrictions for non-cohabitants, which is an essential target for a greater freedom of boating and to give charter activities a better appeal.

June 8, 2020 USA COVID-19 Restrictions

"In the US, over the last two weeks, many states have begun a phased reopening of public parks and recreational areas then to limited retail and restaurant openings. Using the federal governments guidelines for phased re-opening, these places are opening with parameters that they must operate at 30% to 50% occupancy and keeping with all the social distance guidelines currently in place from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
There has been a push in recent weeks to reopen nationwide to limit further damage to the economy. States are in the middle of a balancing act trying to protect their citizens' health and halt the spread of the virus while heeding demands of individuals and business owners to get back to work to avoid complete financial ruin. Some of the safety nets put in place by the federal government failed to be available to everyone as they ran out of funds before some of the smaller businesses could access them. The recent Memorial Day holiday saw that various regions, including the areas hard hit by the virus in New York / New Jersey, are opening beaches and other recreational areas for limited use within social distancing guidelines. For example, in the state of New York, you could walk along the beach this past weekend however, you were prohibited from swimming.
Marinas along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. in the north east and south Florida re-opened for recreational boating in late April / early May with strict social distancing and sanitation policies in place. Previously under their emergency orders the recreational marinas were considered non-essential businesses. Across the country in California, the emergency orders and the lifting of restrictions are similar to the State of Florida in that what order was in place varied by what part of the state you lived in. California has a 4 phase ""Road map to re-opening"" of which they are currently in Phase 2. Like Florida, each county is responsible for determining readiness to re-open according to the State's mandated guidelines. For this past holiday weekend, many marinas were open for current slip holders only with sanitation and social distancing protocols in place, while charter boats, boat rentals and ferries remain closed. In Los Angeles County while individual slip holders may access their boat, amenities such as club rooms, boathouse, restaurants, retail shops, and offices remain closed.

June 8, 2020 Hong Kong COVID-19 Restrictions

"In Hong Kong there hasn’t been a locally transmitted case for three weeks now [as of May 11]. The new cases were all imported and there have been only a few of those.
Due to the lack of locally transmitted cases our social gathering numbers have been increased from four to 8 persons groups. Bars have opened up again albeit at half of their registered capacity with a maximum of four people at a table. Restaurants have a max of 8 persons at a table and the tables are 1.5 metres apart. Almost everyone is still wearing a mask when out and about. Masks are supposed to be worn when ""chatting"" in a restaurant and not eating or drinking.
Whilst the regulations have not stopped people boating, even more so that now a boat can have eight people on board, (although ferries, buses and the trains have no limits to passenger numbers), the RHKYC has not yet been able to hold yacht racing, as it hasn’t been possible to obtain a permit to hold the race as people might congregate on the pontoons.

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

"Government-approved all marine activities as permitted activities during the lockdown.
This was achieved by the public petition ""Free the Sea"" that was brought to government members.
The majority of help came from the Minister of Transportation. The Israeli Police has also supported this request.

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

"Government decided 20% discount on mooring and service fees of boats in public ports. Co-ministerial decision is expected in the next days to clarify the relevant terms.
Financial support of 800 euro on monthly basis to the employees of the closed businesses and 25% discount of their contribution fees for March-April.
Also 40% discount on rental costs and leases for all businesses affected by the pandemic for April, probably to be extended in May.

June 8, 2020 Portugal COVID-19 Restrictions

"Good news from Portugal. All boating activities, inside the country, are now allowed. Only charter companies are still waiting for a permission. It is due to happen by the 18th of May.
The country is doing well in regards to the disease. 50% of the intensive care units created at hospitals have not been used. A fast response, very professional medical staff, politics from different parties working together and measures well accepted by all were key for this success.
The country is hoping that the reopening of activities goes well so that the extremely weak economy can start moving. The economy is very dependent on tourism, which has dropped dramatically. If airlines start flying again, Portugal stands a chance for a summer season close to normal.

June 8, 2020 Ireland COVID-19 Restrictions

"Good news from Ireland, the Government has issued a ""Roadmap for reopening society and business"". From 18th of May there will be limited reopening of recreational boating. The Irish Marine Federation have lobbied for a safe and responsible resumption of recreational boating and for the gradual lifting of restrictions. Racing with mixed crews and cruising boats from abroad will not be permitted for several weeks yet however.
There is a big apetitie to get #back2boating and it is hoped that the industry can return to growth quite quickly. Social distancing remains the big challenge with marinas, boat sales and boating itself. Bar and restaurant facilities will remain shut for a number of months yet.

June 8, 2020 Finland COVID-19 Restrictions

"Finland is opening step by step since the COVID-19 situation has been improving since the beginning of April. Schools opened on May 14th, restaurants on June 1st, cross-border logistics is running, but movement of people to and from Finland is still restricted to strictly essential travel.
Events over 500 people are prohibited until end of July, but Government has been defining parameters how amusement parks and other outdoor facilities could be allowed and they have started to open already. As of June 1st, also restaurants are allowed to open subject to stricter rules for indoor dining.
Recreational boating business is surprisingly resilient and the spring weather is helping to keep the business almost as usual. The biggest driver for recreational boating in Finland is summer cottages and as people currently cannot take vacations in foreign destinations, they are looking into investing in their summer cottages. This means buying anything from chainsaws to new outboards and boats. "

June 8, 2020 United Arab Emirates COVID-19 Restrictions

"Dubai Maritime City Authority is pleased to clarify the following Safe Operation Requirements as precautionary measures for resuming of the tourist and sport maritime activities to limit the spread of the Corona virus.
Working hours will be from 06:00 am to 09:00 pm, starting from 12/5/2020.
Vessel capacity shall not exceed 40%, in order to achieve social distance.
Children below 12 years old and Seniors above 60 years old are not allowed to board the vessel. Vessel crew above 60 years old are not allowed to board the vessel.
Individuals with body temperature above 38c are not allowed to board the vessel.
Use of the jet skis is allowed during daylight hours only.
Preparation Measures:
Sanitize the vessel completely before resuming the activity.
Ensure that there is no symptoms of Covid-19 on crew before resuming the activity.
Readiness onboard to isolate any suspected case in event of showing any covid-19 symptoms. Social distancing signs to be placed on the vessel.
Screening, personal protection, and Social Distancing:
Provide sanitizing materials and thermal screening equipment’s at all entrances.
Masks and gloves are mandatory for all individuals onboard including crew.
Ensure social distance between people should not be less than two meters from all sides.
Periodic sterilization and hygiene:
Regular sanitization throughout the vessel. Ensure that restrooms are cleaned and sanitized pre/post usage.
Waste bins to be disposed after each trip.
Train staff on maintaining personal health and hygiene.
Encourage of cashless payment methods. Serve food and drink if allowed in disposable plastic containers.