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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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Updated date Country Criteria
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 United Arab Emirates COVID-19 Restrictions

The situation in the UAE (valid in general for Oman, with reference to marinas):
Since 26th of March the Emirati government has issued a mandatory lockdown, while it conducts a general sterilization campaign with the aim of controlling the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The lockdown begins as of 20:00 (local time) up to 06:00 am. Public transportation is suspended during this period. Employees of certain sectors are exempt, including police, the army, medical staff, airports, and banks, among few others. Those who do not respect the lockdown period will face fines. Commercial centers, malls, and open markets are closed now for two weeks, renewable. Restaurants are ordered to exclusively offer take-out services. In addition, all international flights are suspended for different period of times and depending on destinations.
Following Government and Ministerial guidelines and measures to ensure health and safety of its residents and visitors, maritime authorities notified all maritime activities companies, yacht charters, jet sky rental to suspend the all maritime activities until further notice. In general boating activity in UAE and Oman is suspended, but the marinas remain open for private boat owners, provided they stay on board and don't go out. Some luxury resort marinas with hotels are busy offering services and owners requests while onboard (deliveries, etc.). In Abu Dhabi although private boating has not been forbidden by government decree, marinas are very quiet as most members respect the government's instructions to stay at home. All commercial activities have been halted within the marinas as per the authority’s instructions. All commercial charter, pleasure and touring activity is banned. Fishermen marinas are still active since considered vital activity.
In general, marina offices are open as regularly hours, but manned only by administration staff, reduced to a minimum to guarantee safety and security. Marina operational staff remain 24/7, however shifts reduced to minimum safe manning.
Each marina adds additional precautionary measures to reduce spread of the Covid-19 virus, such as:
- Introduction of increased cleaning protocols, especially for typical contact areas such as door handles, washroom, buggies, trollies, office area and equipment, etc.
- Screening all employee temperatures at point of entry.
- Enhancement of internal health & safety training measures
- Preventive measures protocol distribution to suppliers and contractors.
Monitoring the situation on a daily basis and adapt accordingly

April 21, 2020 Turkey COVID-19 Restrictions

All nurseries, schools, universities, shops (except for groceries), bars, restaurants etc are closed since March 13 until further notice.
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.
Marinas are currently not in lockdown, just the cafes, restaurants and hotels within marina. Marinas accept boaters from berthing in other marinas within Turkish waters. All boats arriving from overseas are diverted to Port Authorities for quarantine measures.
Boat Yards and equipment manufacturers are carrying on production, taking extended hygienic measures, some with 50 % capacity to maintain social distance during working and staff coming to work every other day.

April 21, 2020 Italy COVID-19 Restrictions

Full lockdown for boat manufacturing companies at least until 14 April, when the current Government measures will be over.
Repair and maintenance businesses are permitted to continue their activities
Marinas are operational but customers are not allowed to access their boats since moving from home to the harbour is considered a non-essential journey.

It has been verified that the continuation of the shutdown of the production activities, according to the elaborations of the Research Office of Confindustria Nautica (based on the trend of the 2008 financial crisis) would lead to the loss of more than 5,000 jobs in the sector with a closure that will continue in the first 15 days of April, doubling with a closure until the end of April.

Phase 2 of the emergency:
The Government is currently discussing the actions to take for the second phase of the emergency in Italy, as the latest figures show a reduction of the virus spread.
It is likely to have a step by step reopening of the industrial activities from mid-April to May, however maintaining all the needed social distancing measures.
The normalization of the social activities – including schools – will certainly be the last step that will be introduced.

April 21, 2020 Sweden COVID-19 Restrictions

Sweden is not on full lockdown, having less regulations on coronavirus restrictions. The country has put a great trust in people's common sense. The majority of Swedish are in self-quarantine at home, working from home, avoiding contacts with the elderlies.
Gatherings of more than 50 people are forbidden. All sport events and ski resorts have been cancelled
Restaurants are still open but theatre and cinemas are closed. Shops have various restrictions in order to prevent coronavirus.
Sweboat members are still in business and service/maintenance, aftermarket, equipment retails are performing well but yards and distributors of new boats are losing sales drastically.

April 29, 2020 Spain COVID-19 Restrictions

On Saturday 4 April, the Spanish government announced that, for the second time, it will request the extension of the national state of alarm until 25 April. It is likely that further extensions will come, albeit perhaps with less restrictive measures depending on the evolution of the pandemic in Spain. The newly proposed extension will not contain the same measures imposed from 30 March to 9 April, which prevented any 'non-essential' activity.
The limitations to the freedom of movement are also applicable to yachts and, consequently, pleasure and commercial yacht navigation has been banned.
However, entering Spanish ports for refit and repair purposes will be allowed from 10 April on the same terms that it was allowed before the extraordinary measures taken on 30 March.
The Guardia Civil has advised that the restrictions to the freedom of movement of people and private vehicles would also be applicable to private yachts sailing in Spanish territorial waters upon arrival of the yacht at the marina, allowing therefore its arrival and mooring with the crew obligated to remain confined following the same measures established for the rest of the population.
The criteria states that disembarking may be allowed only in cases of force majeure and always on the condition of the positive evaluation by the Government Delegation. Therefore, the general rule upon arrival is that guests and crew are not allowed to disembark, and must remain on board for the quarantine period (currently until next 25 April included, but likely to be extended), and follow all confinement measures.
On Saturday 4 April, the Spanish government announced that, for the second time, it will request the extension of the national state of alarm until 25 April. It is likely that further extensions will come, albeit perhaps with less restrictive measures depending on the evolution of the pandemic in Spain. The newly proposed extension will not contain the same measures imposed from 30 March to 9 April, which prevented any 'non-essential' activity.
The limitations to the freedom of movement are also applicable to yachts and, consequently, pleasure and commercial yacht navigation has been banned.
However, entering Spanish ports for refit and repair purposes will be allowed from 10 April on the same terms that it was allowed before the extraordinary measures taken on 30 March.
The Guardia Civil has advised that the restrictions to the freedom of movement of people and private vehicles would also be applicable to private yachts sailing in Spanish territorial waters upon arrival of the yacht at the marina, allowing therefore its arrival and mooring with the crew obligated to remain confined following the same measures established for the rest of the population.
The criteria states that disembarking may be allowed only in cases of force majeure and always on the condition of the positive evaluation by the Government Delegation. Therefore, the general rule upon arrival is that guests and crew are not allowed to disembark, and must remain on board for the quarantine period (currently until next 25 April included, but likely to be extended), and follow all confinement measures.

April 21, 2020 United Kingdom COVID-19 Restrictions

On the 23 March 2020, The UK Government said that everyone should stay at home, initially for 3 weeks. The lockdown has been extended until 7th May.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
These reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
With the exception of the organisations covered by non-essential shops and public spaces, the Government has not required any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on.
Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.

April 21, 2020 USA COVID-19 Restrictions

Some manufacturing plants and dealerships are still open due to state specific rules on "essential services". Local boat ramps and marinas are being closed due to unfortunate incidents of "boat parties" during this crisis. However, marinas in the US are subjected to different regulations in all the 50 states. States are using different criteria to be classified as essential businesses to remain open.
- Provide critical infrastructure ( dockage) to Harbor Masters USCG and other law enforcement.
- Support fishing and aquaculture industries including maintenance and repair of vessels
- Support employees needed to operate pump out services critical to waste management
Massachusetts--- businesses that support essential employees in the fishing and seafood industries
New Jersey----Marinas continue to operate as long as they practice social distancing
Connecticut---- Marinas are considered essential services
Wisconsin---- Continue to operate using social distancing
Georgia---Continue to operate using social distancing. No more than five on board and 50 ft between vessels

The industry is preparing for a 50% reduction in sales in the coming year.

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

Many marinas pay a concession; rental or leasing fee to a government agency.  To help reduce the financial stress and job losses at the marina these agencies can provide a temporary halt to the requirement to pay the fee for a given period of time. In North Queensland for example the government through the Port Authority has provided the Cairns marina with fee relief, with some fees halted until end 2023. The total value of the fee relief package for operators at the marinas is AU$3m. (see  https://www.portsnorth.com.au/news-publications/ ).Also, by providing relief to the marina operator, they are then in a better financial position to pass on fee relief to their tenants.
Some States have now confirmed deferment of rents but details are yet to be provided.

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

The Federal government has announced some significant measures to help businesses in Canada. Nearly $100 Billion dollars in relief which includes paying wages of staff of SMEs up to 75% up to $58,000Cdn to keep their staff for the next three months. There are also additional employment insurance measures to support Canadians out of work.