COVID-19 Update: Marinas can prepare for summer, but are not yet open to the public

May 4, 2020

The Ontario government announced on May 1 that certain businesses and workplaces, including marinas, could reopen to prepare for the summer season on May 4, as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Of particular interest to cottagers, marinas are permitted to begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.

The announcement included other seasonal businesses such as golf courses and garden centres. 

The government emphasized that although some businesses are being permitted to reopen, it is critical that people continue to stay home, practice physical distancing and only go out for essential reasons, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or to keep a medical appointment.

Further information on the new Ontario guidelines is here.