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

"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.

COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"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.

COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"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.

COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"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. "

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.”