Marinas can reopen

by Editorial Staff | May 1, 2020
a boat launch closed sign
The closed public boat launch in Port Perry. (Photo by Jason Bain)

Marinas are among the seasonal businesses allowed to reopen on Monday, May 4, provided they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the pandemic, the province announced Friday, May 1.

Marinas may prepare for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft, and placing boats in the water, but cannot open to the public, officials stated in a press release.

Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.

Golf courses can prep

Other businesses that can re-open include garden centres and nurseries with pick-up and delivery only, lawn care and landscaping, additional essential construction projects, car washes, as well as auto dealerships, by appointment only.

Golf courses can also prepare for the upcoming season, but are not open to the general public.

“Ontario workers and businesses have shown exemplary cooperation and resilience throughout the course of this crisis,” Finance Minister Vic Fedeli stated. “We’re beginning to ease restrictions on select businesses as we carefully and methodically re-open Ontario’s economy and continue together on our path to renewed prosperity.”

The province released A Framework for Reopening our Province on April 21.

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  1. Bill Nicholls wrote: There are about 30 boats fishing in Trenton today. Is it legal for me to trailer my boat from Whitby to Trenton and go fosh?
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Bill, many public boat ramps have been closed and non-essential travel is unfortunately still discouraged.
  2. Dave wrote: Why can't we police our selves? I would rather be 6' apart than 6' under. I can keep my distance out on the water. People like myself have alot of money tide up in boating. I hope boating opens soon.
  3. Shredder wrote: Does the extension of the emergency order on May 12 mean marinas cant open until June???!!!
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: Hi Shredder, at the present time marinas still aren't open to the public. It is yet to be seen whether they'll be open to the public come June.