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COVID-19 rules for commercial and recreational boats relaxed

By Staff | Jul 9, 2020

HONOLULU – The State of Hawaii, through the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), with the concurrence of the Counties of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and of the City and County of Honolulu, on June 29 lifted certain COVID-19 emergency restrictions imposed on larger commercial and recreational boating, and on ocean recreation.

DOBOR Administrator Ed Underwood said, “This change in rules is effective immediately and allows commercial and recreational boats, with a rated U.S. Coast Guard capacity of more than ten, to not exceed their rated capacity by no more than 50 percent, provided they operating under the Boating and Ocean Recreation COVID-19 guidelines… These ‘Act With Care’ phase guidelines are based on Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as input from boaters in Hawaii and in coordination with the counties.

“The protocols cover physical distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing, and cleaning and disinfecting.”

All crews and passengers are covered by these rules, and they apply to all commercial and recreational boats in all four counties.

For more information, visit dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/covid-19-dobor-response/.