National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is calling on all boaters to celebrate responsibly this 4th of July weekend and social distance appropriately. This includes wearing a mask when entering or exiting marinas, boat ramps, fuel pumps, and dockside dining locations.

Boating is one of the safest ways to relax with friends and family this summer, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Practicing safe and considerate habits will ensure that everyone can continue boating this summer and beyond. 

NMMA is counting on the boating community to spread the word by sharing health and safety tips on social media. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Don’t raft up your boat. Anchor a safe distance from other boaters, and don’t mix boating families together.

2. Wear a mask. We know it’s hot outside, and a mask isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world to wear, but contracting COVID-19 is significantly more uncomfortable. Be diligent about covering your face when entering and exiting marinas, boat ramps, fuel pumps, and dockside dining.

3. Stay close. Only boat with those in your immediate household or quarantine crew. When you start including others, you amplify your household’s exposure risk.

4. Plan ahead. Before you depart from the dock, check the status of your destination. The safest option is to anchor out, away from other people and boats. 

5. Have fun! Be safe, and enjoy the holiday weekend!