An expansion of the “NY PAUSE” definition of “non-essential” businesses has resulted in the shuttering of boat launches, marinas and golf courses across the state.
In an update on April 9, Empire State Development issued the following:
- Parks and other open public spaces are essential, except playgrounds and other areas of congregation where social distancing cannot be abided
- However, golf courses are not essential
- However, use of boat launches and marinas for recreational vessels is not considered essential
NYSDEC and State Parks, too
UPDATE: In case there’s any confusion about private vs. public boating facilities, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation had this to add: “To limit the community spread of COVID-19, use of all DEC, Canal Corp., and State Parks-owned boat launches is temporarily suspended for recreational boaters.”
Dave Cilley says
Hi — This story of boat launches being closed needs clarification. If appears that you are referencing a boat launch story in Canandaigua and applying this information to the ADKs. True, most launches are not manned, but they are not closed to public use. Canoe launches are not closed. The DEC is recommending for people to get out and enjoy the outdoors with social distancing. Please reference the DEC site.
Melissa Hart says
We’ve updated with statement from NYSDEC, but awaiting further clarification, as there is a lot of conflicting information out there!