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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South Africa
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

The South African President has announced a nationwide lockdown until the 16th of April. No-one is to leave home unless seeking medical care, buying food or medicine or collecting social grants. All shops and businesses will be closed with the exception of: pharmacies, laboratories, banks, essential financial services, supermarkets, petrol stations, healthcare providers, post offices and companies that produce or transport food, basic goods and medical supplies. The South African Defence Force will be deployed to support police in implementing the lockdown. Public health management programmes will increase and international travellers from high risk countries will not be admitted.
The ban on export of non-essential items has been lifted, so South Africa can export boats and masts etc, but each export consignment must be evaluated on a case by case basis.

South Africa lockdown is extended to the 30th of April.

Spain
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

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.

Sweden
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

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.

Turkey
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

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.

United Arab Emirates
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

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

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

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.

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

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.

Canada
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

Netherlands
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

Similar to other European countries schools, universities, nurseries and non-essential business have been closed and people are advised to stay home and not leave unless absolutely necessary.

Finland
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

Finland has opened the Uusimaa (Helsinki region + surroundings) borders as of Thursday April 16th. Boating is not forbidden, but is not recommended by the Government. Many mayors of small towns welcome summer residents since without summer residents there would be no services for the locals either. In some cases, they bring up to 70% of revenue.
All events and gatherings over 10 people are forbidden until May 13th. Government promised to announce their decision regarding summer events by end of April. Restaurants, sports facilities, museums and other public facilities are closed until May 31st.
Schools are closed until May 13th, but being opened step by step. At the moment 1st to 3rd graders can go to school.
Boat sales activity is going down, but due to the very strong Helsinki Boat Show in February, the deliveries are taking place almost as planned. Same for equipment sales and services as people are anxious to get their boats on water as spring is advancing fast. Boat makers are experiencing more supply chain issues, but continue production as much as they can until summer holidays.