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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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)

May 1, 2020

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

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

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. 

United Kingdom
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

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.

New Zealand
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

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. 

COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

Canada is on lockdown with all non-essential shops, bars and restaurants closed, as well as all facilities providing indoor recreational programs, public libraries, schools, child care centres; cinemas, theatres and concert halls.
Since boating season has not begun in most parts of Canada there are not significant restrictions at this time. However, all national parks are closed for access land and water. In the province of Ontario marine servicing has been deemed essential

COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

The President has declared the state of emergency on the 19th of March. This has given the power to the Government to take a number of urgent measures. To complete lock down of the country, most businesses had to close, restaurants can operate on take away only, all big events had to be cancelled. The borders with Spain have been closed to avoid contamination.

Marinas and other ports are closed to any boats with foreign flag. They can come in port only for fuel or urgent supplies but the crews are not allowed to come ashore. All boating activities have been forbidden. Almost all commercial activities have been closed in the marinas. Maintenance works are allowed and the marinas are working on reduced schedules, with minimum staff but guaranteeing all services to the boats.

Tourism in Portugal is one of the biggest industries, we are being hit in a very hard way and right when the season was starting.

COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

Since the update on 02-Apr, new cases of infected peoplew in Singapore have skyrocketed (with new record of 1426 cases). Singapore was blindsided by the spread in worker dormitories. Shared common facilities (kitchens & toilets) and cramped living conditions made safe distancing impossible. The country is highly dependent on migrant workers especially in the construction industry. Government is trying to give more space to these workers by relocating some to makeshift accommodation such as unused exhibition halls and floating accommodations (cruise ships as well as floating dormitories used by the oil & gas sector in the heydays).
Singapore has been in partial lockdown since 04-Apr: Safe distancing measures were further ramped up with enforcement powers. Education institutions have closed and switched to full home-based learning (HBL), with daycare arranged for those needing homecare support for children. All non-essential retail has closed. F&B outlets are open only for take-away or delivery. Banking, medical sector, transport, cleaning sectors remain open. Economic sectors critical to global supply chain remain open. All businesses have switched to working from home as much as possible. Everyone is required to stay at home as much as possible and avoid socialising and leave the house only for essential purposes ((buy groceries & exercise). When out, all are encouraged to wear a reusable mask (surgical masks reserved for healthcare workers). This is a turnaround from the previous policy of no mask needed unless sick, because of the rise in untraceable & asymptomatic transmissions.
Port authorities have stopped all recreational boating activity within local waters. Boatowners can access their boats only for checking and urgent maintenance. Foreign arrivals by sea will need to pre-register their arrival (health declaration) and be subjected to 14 day stay home notice.