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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United Arab Emirates
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"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.

United Kingdom
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"Back to Boating
In guidance issued on Wednesday 13 May 2020, the UK Government confirmed that all forms of watersports, including the use of privately-owned motorised craft, can go ahead in England.

The advice from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says that “All forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.”

This follows the publication, earlier this week, of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy for England which provided key information regarding what the population can do away from their homes. This included:
•Exercise, and spending time outdoors
•Driving to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance
•Day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle
Marinas may also open subject to the strict compliance to social distancing and hygiene guidelines provided by Government.

British Marine is encouraging all boat owners to consider the following before they plan a day trip on their boat:

1.Plan ahead – ensure the safety of those around you and try to avoid areas that may attract lots of people.
2.Check with your mooring provider before you travel. Be aware that many facilities may not yet be able to open and this could affect services such as fuel and pump out stations.
3.Only use your boat if you can apply social distancing at all times, including when mooring your vessel to leave a safe distance from others.
4.Travel with members of your household only, if no one in the group is displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
5.You may only meet with people that are not within your household if you apply social distancing. You should not meet with more than one person outside your household
6.Be aware of the impact on emergency services if you were to get into difficulties. Think about what action you will take if your boat breaks down – recovery services may not be operating
7.Apply all normal sensible safety precautions and always wear a life jacket when on deck.
8.Pubs and restaurants are not allowed to open as normal – although some may offer takeaway services. Check with any businesses you wish to visit before you leave home.
9.Be caring and considerate of local residents who may be nervous about the risks of increased numbers of people in the area.

The UK Government does not permit the population to leave their homes to ‘stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose’. This means that members must not stay overnight on a boat if it is not their primary residence.

British Marine understands that inland navigation authorities and harbour authorities will also have to consider the Government’s latest guidance in respect of what activities will be permitted across all parts of the UK and how they themselves will return to operation.

The changes announced apply exclusively to the use of private boats. Commercial boating operations are not permitted; however, it is anticipated that these will resume once the hospitality sector opens in July.

Guidance for the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland differs and therefore marinas that operate in the UK outside of England should remain closed to leisure customers until they are permitted by their Government to open.

COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"An update on the recreational nautical activities in Colombia:
1. The national government decided to close the ports the sixth day of knowing about the first case of covid-19 in the country, the only exceptions include activities for the well-being of the community, such as: Carrying water supplies, food, medicine and raw materials, as well as force majeure situations of humanitarian assistance. Likewise, the Government has authorized artisanal fishing labour with due precautions and restrictions.

Boats from the other ports such as Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Buenaventura, Turbo, San Andrés, United States, Panama, Virgin islands, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Germany, Guatemala, Suriname, Venezuela, Curaçao, Antigua and Barbuda, and Costa Rica have arrived at different port terminals in the port cities according to the health and safety measures made in the contingency plan due to the presence of COVID-19 in Colombia DIMAR (March 2020).

2.The commercial and navigation operation in the recreation and sports ports is closed, only boats with crews of Colombian nationality and resident citizens can enter, and vessels carrying food, water and relief items.

3. The promotion and sale of boats and accessories has not been allowed.

5. In Colombia, only international and national cargo transportation activities are being allowed. The tourist ports are closed. The arrival of the passenger boats is also suspended.

6. This situation has had a negative impact on the people or companies that provide services to the Nautical Marinas such as maintenance, operation of boats, use of cranes, supply of spare parts, food and beverages, marketing of tourist plans, restaurants, etc.

COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020
A lot of the lockdown restrictions have been lifted providing: strict compliance to hygienic rules; mandatory use of masks in health services, public transportation, taxis and services that require physical contact, such as grocery shops; strongly recommending the use of masks by employees and customers in all closed spaces; flexible working hours in the public and private sectors; elderly advised to stay at home; compliance to specific restrictions for the workplace; use of passenger vehicles instead of public ones.

Since 18th May:
- All schools and private tuition centers have opened
- Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed
- Shopping malls, hair dressers, beauty salons are open
- Total suspension of movement restrictions
- Archaeological sites, zoos, botanical gardens are open

From 25th May it is expected that coastal shipping and mooring of recreational craft will be allowed under specific conditions and regulations. Likewise, for restaurants and hotels.
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

25 cities have intercity cross-border lockdowns except for logistics.
All nurseries, schools, universities, are closed since March 13. Supermarkets for food, pharmacies, post offices and petrol stations are open.
Shopping Malls, hair dressers opened May 11, with special restrictions on social distancing.
Total lockdown on weekends and holidays. Over 65 and under 20 years old are not allowed to go out on working days. Since 11 May, they are allowed for 4 hours on weekends.
All national and international flights, intercity train services are suspended. Travel with private car or Intercity bus, between cities of cross-border lockdowns, is only allowed with special hardly received travel permissions.
All governmental offices are working with 50% capacity in shifts.
Public transport vehicles are to have max 50 % of their capacity to maintain social distance.
All marinas are open and boat owners have access to their boats, unless they are within the allowed travel group. All works in marines are allowed with social precautions. No boats are allowed to leave Marinas or stay at anchor in coves in Istanbul province. Boating is allowed in other Aegean and Med ports within national waters. All boats arriving from overseas are subject to strict quarantine conditions for 14 days.
Boat Yards and equipment manufacturers are carrying on production, taking extended hygienic measures, some with 50 % capacity to maintain social distancing and staff working in shifts every other day or bi-weekly in shifts.
Government preparing procedures to certify hotels in holiday resorts and allow opening after June 1.

Northern Cyprus
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

Within the framework of the normalisation process for Coronavirus, broad expansion started on June 1. Night curfew is lifted but obligation for wearing masks will continue.

Hotels, casinos, betting offices and tattoo parlours, cultural and art activities, cinemas, exhibitions and libraries, individual sports branches and kindergartens resume activities. Vehicles which carry personnel start working.

TRNC Minister of Public Works and Transportation Tolga Atakan, announced that the scheduled flights which are planned to start before 1st July 2020, will not be organised with the structure envisaged for 1st July 2020, but within the framework of the entry rules still in force in the country.

Minister Atakan said: “As of 1st June, TRNC citizens, and as of 8th June, foreigners who live in the TRNC with a residence permit, student permit or any other kind that has ties with TRNC, are eligible to enter the country. All these entries are allowed under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine implementation. These are the rules to enter the country up to 1st July, 2020. Entries to our country are also made by sea and charter flights. Therefore, scheduled flights/ferries which are planned to start before 1st July, 2020 will not be organised with the structure envisaged for 1st July, 2020, but within the framework of the entry rules still in force in our country.”

Northern Cyprus
COVID-19 Restrictions
May 15, 2020

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

Northern Cyprus
COVID-19 Restrictions
May 12, 2020

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.

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

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

COVID-19 Restrictions
May 11, 2020

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