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Gov. Cuomo reopens marinas, golf courses with restrictions

Newsday says private courses can allow golfers to walk the fairways, but they must carry their own bags.

News 12 Staff

Apr 20, 2020, 3:25 PM

Updated 1,523 days ago

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After weeks on lockdown, some restrictions are easing in the area, including at boatyards.
Marinas and boatyards are allowed to reopen on Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut as long as a strict set of guidelines are met – including sanitizing and social distancing.
In New York, some golf courses are also going to be reopened.
Newsday says private courses can allow golfers to walk the fairways, but they must carry their own bags.
On the other hand, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has canceled permits for nonessential events in the city through June - including the Puerto Rican Day Parade and Pride Parade.
Police on Long Island say they are ready for the reopenings.
"Our marine bureau is fully staffed," says Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. "We'll be out there in the waters. Our bay constables with all the townships will be out there."
Marinas will only be open for personal use, so that means no chartered services. Strict social distancing and sanitizing protocols will be enforced.
"We're also going to be sending out pamphlets to everyone who uses our marinas to remind them not only about traditional boater safety, but the cleanliness," says Hempstead Town Supervisor Donald Clavin. "The fact that when someone's pulling a boat in, wait until they're gone to pull yours in. Don't go out and have a party and tie your boats together. We want to keep 50 feet distance between boats."
Christopher Squeri, executive director of New York Marine Trades Association, says his members are looking forward to getting back on the water.
"People are optimistic and excited because they get to do something instead of sitting home," says Squeri. "It's a forum for them to enjoy, get out and be safe."
 


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