Back on the boat: here’s what you can and cannot do from May 18 to June 3


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It’s back to sailing: the DPCM signed last night by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte finally opens up recreational boating within its regional borders. The boat is effectively equated with a second home, with the same rules. While waiting for June 3, when there will be further easing of restrictive measures (if not increasing contagions), here is what you can do by boat from May 18 to June 3.

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Can I go out by boat in the day?

Yes, but only in your region where you reside.

Who can I go out on the boat with?

With whomever you want, as long as you comply with the stated maximum person load limits for each boat.

In addition, if you board people who are not part of the core group with whom you spent the lockdown at home you should maintain a distance of one person for every linear meter of the boat and wear a face mask when staying in an enclosed environment. Mandatory use of surface sanitizer, whether you are sailing with family or friends.

How long can I stay in the boat, sailing?

As much as you want, but you cannot exceed regional limits. For example, from Fiumicino, I can sail to Ponza, swim and return to my home port. I cannot sail from Fiumicino (Lazio) to Capri (Campania).

You cannot sail to foreign destinations. For example, sailing from Trieste to Croatia. Or from Tuscany to Corsica. One cannot land and stay in a foreign nation as well as in another region.

What precautions should I take for mooring and unmooring?

You must wear a face mask (and gloves are advisable) and you must demand that the moorer also have one.

Can I sleep on the boat?

Yes, as if it were your second home.

With whom and how to stay on the boat?

In case you intend to sleep and stay on board with the regular household, you do not have to keep any additional precautions beyond what you have already done.

If you intend to accommodate other people who are not part of your regular household, they must sleep in other cabins and a distance of one meter between person and person must be maintained. Mandatory sanitization of surfaces

Do my friends have to undergo any special health measures before boarding them?

No, but this is where common sense kicks in. You must have checked his health condition and trust the reassurance he provides.

Can I bathe by getting on and off the boat?

Yes, of course. And without having to use any medical devices. Good practice is to use a personal towel for each crew member and not to exchange towels between people.

Can I sleep in the roadstead, at anchor?

Sure, but you have to observe of course the distance of at least two meters between each boat.

How should I behave at the dock at the berth with the crew of the neighboring boat?

You must demand that the two-meter distance between person and person be maintained. For example, if you are mooring and the crew of the neighboring boat wants to help you out so that there is no danger of touching each other hull to hull, you can expect them to wear face masks and, most importantly, safe distances between people should be maintained.

Can I rent a boat?

Yes, absolutely. But you cannot travel outside the region where you rented the boat. You can instead take a cruise to the ports and roadsteads in the same region. For example, I rent a boat in Tuscany and go to the islands of Elba and Giglio.

Will there be any checks I will have to undergo if I rent a boat?

Yes, there is mandatory temperature measurement of crew members on a daily basis. The crew should also take care to prevent outsiders from coming on board while in port or at the marina. Those living in the same housing unit will be able to share cabin housing. General rules on social distancing and interpersonal avoidance measures apply to noncohabitants, i.e., one person for every meter of linear length of the unit, including crew members, unless the guests present live together.

If I hire a boat with a skipper, what should I ask him?

First, the lessor must certify the good health of the skipper and/or hostess. Embarked personnel, as well as charterers, must periodically perform demonstrable health checks (serological/temperature measurement).

He or she must also stay in a different environment from the chartering nucleus and maintain a safe distance at all times.

Can I do occasional chartering (leasing) with my boat?

Yes, the same prevention regulations as for private boats apply to recreational rental units. Accommodations in the same cabin are allowed for people living in the same housing unit. The lessor is obliged to sanitize, even in the case of hourly use of the boat, all rooms-including engine and service rooms-as well as to provide himself with adequate supplies of sanitizing products in addition to informative signs, written in several languages, to make the lessee and his guests aware of the necessary hygienic measures to be taken. In the case of hiring a skipper by the lessee, the provisions in the charter for crew will apply.

What will happen in the ports?

Marina operators must have appropriate information signs, in Italian and English, on behavioral measures to be observed, the use of personal protective equipment, the installation of sanitizer dispensers on jetties, restriction of movement, prohibitions on gatherings, and respect for social distancing.

Are practical courses for boating license resuming?

Yes, abiding by the guidelines of social distancing and information safety standards provided in the protocol agreed upon between the government and regions unless different provisions are issued by individual regions.

And what happens from June 3?

Simple, you can reach the boat nationwide and you can sail wherever you want. Theoretically abroad as well, but as of today it is still unclear whether a pact will be made among European nations to reopen borders. It should be approved by the end of May.

MIT (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport) Guidelines.


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