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.”