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Petition to Governors: Open Boating Access During Pandemic

You can join the effort to let leaders know rec boating is a safe social-distancing activity.

Petition to Governors: Open Boating Access During Pandemic

An angler fishes on Lake St. Clair, Mich on April 6, four days before Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer temporarily closed the state to motorized-boat activity until the end of the month. (Photo by J.A. Dunbar/Shutterstock)

If you’re concerned about recreational boating access in your state during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, via its Boating United platform, offers a way for you to let your governor know.

By filling out the petition posted on the Boating United website, boating enthusiasts can tell their leaders that recreational boating is a safe social-distancing activity, and boating access should be protected during the crisis.

From Boating United:

"Our daily lives have been upended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some governors have restricted, or are considering restricting, recreational boating access, like closing public ramps that the majority of recreational boaters rely on. It doesn't have to be this way. Tell your governor today to allow recreational boating as an approved activity during the pandemic. Recreational boating businesses support our local and national economies, and boating is also great for clearing our minds and maintaining active lives, even during this uncertain time. And thankfully, recreational boating abides by all social distancing guidelines as long as you boat responsibly -- from the dock to the gas station to the water.

"Governors are trying to keep our communities safe and recreational boating can be done following social distancing recommendations. Tell your governor to support access to recreational boating!"

The take-action petition — located here — takes less than five minutes to fill out. After completed, it will be sent to your state’s governor.

About Boating United: Boating United is the grassroots platform of the recreational boating industry. It is comprised of boating manufacturers, businesses and supporters who share the common goal of protecting and promoting the industry.

About the NMMA: The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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