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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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.

Brazil
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 

Brazil
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)

Japan
Taxation
May 1, 2020

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

Belgium
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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

Government has promised support packages for businesses so they can keep people on the payroll. Support has also been promised for individual entrepreneurs, but there is a rush for the subsidies and it takes time to process the applications.