These days, we’re all looking at recreational activities a little differently — and craving them more than ever! After a number of months spent primarily indoors, getting outside to enjoy nature holds extra appeal. Boating on a Boston Whaler can be a perfect way to find respite and relaxation, as long as you take the right precautions.
Fortunately, there are several actions you can take to reduce your risk of getting or spreading disease when you go to public beaches, launch ramps and waterways. Below are some basic guidelines outlined by the CDC for staying healthy and protecting those around you.
- Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with it, are awaiting test results, or were recently exposed to someone with the virus.
- Check to see if your local beaches and boating areas have steps in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Bring supplies that help you and others stay well, including face masks (with spares in case they get wet), hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
- Whether you’re in the water, onboard your Whaler, or on land, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from people you don’t live with.
- Avoid crowded areas where you’re unable to maintain a safe distance.
Wear Your Mask
- Wear a protective face covering whenever you’re not in the water — especially when physical distancing is difficult.
- Exceptions apply to children younger than 2 years old and anyone with health conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask.
Keep It Clean
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating or drinking, after you visit the fuel pump, and whenever you leave a public area.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available. Apply generously and rub until your hands are dry.
- Avoid sharing items such as food, watersports equipment, towels, PFDs and supplies with people who don’t live with you.
These basic precautions can be life saving — and they’re easy to follow! Do your part for everyone’s sake and #RecreateResponsibly.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.