WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Assemblyman Edward H. “Ned” Thomson thanked Gov. Phil Murphy for opening marinas, boat yards and yacht clubs for personal use so long as safety precautions are followed.
“Boating and related industries are a vital part of our shore economy and support a tremendous amount of jobs in our area,” said Thomson (R-Monmouth). “I am pleased the governor is allowing this industry to operate so we can keep these businesses open and keep more people working as we get through this crisis.”
Marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal watercraft under the policy, but must adhere to social distancing guidelines and other restrictions. Charter boat rentals remain prohibited and restaurants can open only for take-out and delivery. Facilities can operate boat lifts and launch and retrieve boats, while yacht clubs can use marina operations.
“This a common-sense approach that allows these businesses to operate while taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” said Thomson. “I am hopeful this is just the first step toward re-opening our state and our economy in a safe manner that will help our businesses start to get back on their feet.”
Murphy joined Govs. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Ned Lamont of Connecticut in announcing the joint policy Saturday.