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During today’s (May 14) announcement, Premier Ford has announced that ‘effective 12:01 AM Saturday, May 16, marinas will be allowed to re-open’. This is great news for our sector and expands on the previous announcements of the launch and delivery phase.
In the news release, Ford declared that: “As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020:
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.”
Curbside pickups remain in place – for the moment. According to the Ontario Government,
“Assuming trends in key public health indicators continue to improve, Ontario's first stage of reopening will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will include:
  • Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.”
The recreational marine industry is truly blessed that we have been recognized as a safe social distancing activity for all Ontario families. As an industry, we must ensure that our employees are practicing safe work protocols and properly social distancing within the workplace. "We will leave no stone unturned in our mission to keep workers in this province safe," said Minister McNaughton. "Ontario's labour laws are clear: businesses must protect the health and safety of workers, including against workplace hazards like COVID-19." The full news release from the Office of the Premier can be found here. Stay healthy! See you on the water! Your Boating Ontario Team