As the world gets used to the age of social distancing, the yachting industry is working to find new ways of adapting. From launching virtual boat tours to restructuring the future of yacht charters, industry leaders are focusing on safety and social distancing.
Check out a few of the government regulations and initiatives planned by the yachting industry, as they get ready for the aftermath of COVID-19:
Mindful Fishing & Boating: New Rules and Regulations
Some of the activities shut down due to the virus outbreak were recreational fishing and boating. But as the world adapts to the era of social distancing, states are getting ready to allow these activities again under new safety regulations dictated by the CDC.
Here are a few of the guidelines to follow if you’re thinking of sailing or fishing soon:
- Boats must be at least 50 feet apart.
- Boats must not have more than 10 people on board.
- Exercise social distancing (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters).
- Don’t leave home if you’re feeling sick.
A few of the states that already re-allowed recreational fishing and boating in the United States are Florida, New York, Connecticut, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
The Future of Getaways: Social Distancing Yacht Charters
The tourism industry was struck by the pandemic due to worldwide travel restrictions. Experts predict that as the world starts to normalize, desire for travel will re-bounce. Travelers’ main priority will be safety and personal space, and the yachting industry will have to meet this demand.
Leaders in yachting are already preparing for this “new normal,” as they coin the term “Social Distancing Yacht Charters,” which is going to be similar to a regular superyacht vacation, but with some key differences that will prioritize the safety of customers and crew members.
Here are some of the things you can expect if you’re thinking of planning a getaway on a superyacht:
- Preventative Health and Safety Measures Onboard: From regular sanitation and control over who steps on board, to daily temperature check for crew members.
- End-to-end Private Transport: Charters will coordinate end-to-end private transportation to ensure you have limited contact with people every step of the way.
- More Time Mooring or at Anchor: Your chartered yacht will probably spend more time mooring in the ocean than in ports to increase social distancing.
- New Ways to Enjoy Yacht Charter: While onboard, you’ll be able to enjoy the yacht life to the fullest, with plenty of leisure and entertainment facilities at your disposal, such as wellness activities, water sports, special activities, and water toys and accessories.
Remember to always practice social distancing when going outside. To learn about the latest COVID-19 updates, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Social Distancing Resources:
- On the Water – https://www.onthewater.com/covid-19-coronavirus-and-fishing
- Washington Policy – https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/detail/time-to-re-open-recreational-fishing
- New York State – Department of Conservation – https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/119930.html
- CNBC – https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/30/coronavirus-states-lifting-stay-at-home-orders-reopening-businesses.html
- CNN – https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/coronavirus-travel-industry-changes/index.html