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Boating safety takes on new meaning with COVID-19: keep your distance

Boating safety is always a critical consideration whenever you push off the dock, but with all the recent issues regarding COVID-19, many people are wondering if boating is considered a safe social distancing practice.

As boaters everywhere do their best to navigate these uncharted waters, Discover Boating considered the main question on boaters’ minds: Is boating a safe social distancing activity?

The short answer is yes, but the long answer is a bit more involved. First and foremost, all the usual rules apply, as follows.

You need to limit the people aboard to those family members you share your home with, period—no guests.

You also can’t raft up with other boats or pull up onto a beach close to another boat, as that could put you close to the occupants.

You also have to be careful to maintain a safe distance from others when doing things like loading up at the marina or fueling the boat.

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