Is Boating and Fishing Safe During National Fishing and Boating Week?
Celebrate this year’s National Fishing and Boating Week June 6-14 keeping safety in mind. In most states, if you follow social distancing guidelines and safety tips for going outside, you can still get out to enjoy time on the water.
In most states, if you follow social distancing guidelines and safety tips for going outside, you can still get out to enjoy time on the water. While it’s true that some state and national parks may not be open yet or may have certain restrictions in place, you can find places to fish or boat that are close to home.
Be safe and smart by following these guidelines for boating and fishing during COVID-19.
Most importantly, don’t go out if you are sick. If you are feeling unwell, stay home and self-isolate. If you have symptoms of any illness, COVID-19 or any other illness, you should not be in public or participating in outdoor activities.
When boating, refrain from rafting up or tying watercraft together and allowing people to pass from boat to boat.
Limit the number of people on board your vessel or at your fishing spot. When participating in fishing or boating in Florida, for example, group sizes may not exceed ten people. In other words, if you arrive at a boat ramp or fishing spot where you see a crowd, leave and find another place to boat or fish.
Thoroughly sanitize or wash your hands after fueling your boat.When washing your hands, use soap and scrub them for at least 20 seconds.
Practice social distancing while engaging in outdoor activities by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others. You can measure this distance is by using your fishing rod (depending on the type of fishing rod, the length typically ranges from 6-12 feet). Hold the rod straight out in front you, and if you can turn around in a complete circle without hitting anyone, you are at a safe distance. Going outside safely means following the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC.
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