RI Instates New Covid-19 Guidelines for Marinas

The RI Department of Environmental Management provides the following guidance to marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs to clarify the protocols that must be in place by May 1 in order to allow patrons access to their vessels during the COVID-19 crisis. This guidance may be adjusted and updated in the weeks or months to come, as we enter new phases of the reopening plan.


  1. Owners/operators must post signage advising employees and patrons of COVID-19 guidance including postings on boat ramps.
  2. Marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs should remain secure so that admittance can be monitored by owners/operators.
  3. The number of patrons on the property or in an area is limited in accordance with current Executive Orders and other appropriate guidance or regulations, including social distancing guidance to ensure all persons remain six feet apart at all time.
  4. High-touch areas in restrooms or porta-johns should be cleaned at least every two hours; in the absence of the ability to have areas cleaned every two hours, and in instances when restrooms are infrequently in use, cleaning wipes and/or cleaning materials must be available for individuals to clean surfaces before and after.
  5. Ensure that the facility is supplied with soap and water or hand sanitizer at all times.
  6. Signage must be provided to alert users of last official cleaning and encourage users to clean surfaces before and after use.
  7. Any communal areas should be closed, including but not limited to: ice machines, refrigerators, gas shacks, storage areas, or the like in any other areas that members may have used to store food, drinks, gas tanks, etc.
  1. Consistent with the Executive Order allowing travel to Rhode Island for work purposes, the use of boat ramps by out-of-state residents (“non-residents”) for Commercial Fishing purposes is allowed.
  2. Facilities located indoors and all amenities belonging to the marinas, boatyards, or yacht clubs remain closed to members and the public, including bars, restaurants, clubhouses, and communal kitchens.
  3. Sales from a marina retail store are allowed but must be done by curbside pickup only.
  4. Licensed food establishments can offer take-out food orders only, for pick-up or delivery from associated food businesses.
  5. All transactions should be done electronically.