Friday, July 24, 2020

Help for NY’s Boating Industry During COVID-19

“For-hire” boating businesses: charter services, boat rentals, tour boats, and boats for-hire for leisure cruising, fishing or diving in New York State’s Adirondack region can request a set of free decals to temporarily attach to their boats to encourage public compliance with boating-specific COVID-19 safety precautions. There is no cost for the decals to qualified for-hire boating businesses.

The decals adhere to boat surfaces to note “Mask Required,” “Use Sanitizer,” “Wear It” with a life jacket symbol, and ”Keep Personal Belongings Personal”; others have a blank line to write a name with an erasable marker to designate person-specific areas aboard the vessel for each individual’s fishing pole or diving gear.

 

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is providing the decals as part of its 2020 edition of NYSG’s nationally-recognized Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign. Captains or the boating business owners may request decals by emailing business name, postal address, and telephone number to [email protected]. Details will be returned on the number of each style of decal available while supplies last.

Printable templates of the decals are available to download for print-on-demand at www.nyseagrant.org/forhire.

“This new outreach for 2020 is aimed at maintaining the opportunity to be on New York’s fabulous boating waters once again for both the public and the marine industry that is an essential economic driver for our coastal communities,” said New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist Dave White. “This project draws inspiration from a marine industry theme from the 1990s that fits today: ‘Boating in NY is good clean fun. . . let’s keep it that way.’”

For additional information on Boating in NY in 2020, with CDC and New York State COVID-19 guidelines, visit www.nysgrecreation.org.

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