Boating clarified under Michigan’s Covid-19 Order

Boating clarified under Michigan's Covid-19 Order

Paddleboard by Wesley Bond

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the Covid-19 Executive Order for Michigan until April 30th. Clarifications were also issued in a FAQ including that powered boating doesn’t constitute “outdoor activity” under the new executive order:

Physical outdoor activity like kayaking, canoeing, and sailing is permitted under the order, but using a motorboat, a jet ski, or other similar watercraft is not. Any outdoor activity permitted under the order, including boating, must be done in a manner consistent with social distancing, and individuals should use only their own equipment to prevent the transmission of the virus through the touching of shared surfaces. Additionally, in accordance with section 2 of the order, persons not part of a single household may not boat together.

While some boating is permitted under the order, the provision of boating services or supplies does not itself constitute critical infrastructure work, and businesses and operations may not designate workers to come to work for that purpose. As needed, these businesses and operations may designate workers to leave their home for work if their in-person presence is strictly necessary to conduct the minimum basic operations listed in section 4(b) of the order. Minimum basic operations do not include serving members of the public. The order, however, does permit in-person work necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of sites otherwise open to the public for outdoor physical activity permitted under the order. All in-person work permitted under the order must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures listed in section 10 of the order.

Much more in the Michigan Coronavirus FAQs.

The photo was taken off the east shore of Northport back in September of 2013. Check out Wesley Bond Photo and definitely follow him on Instagram!

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