Boaters need to quarantine, too

Block Island Harbormaster Kate McConville has told The Block Island Times that she is informing all boaters that come into the Great Salt Pond or into Old Harbor that they will have to quarantine on the water for 14 days, no matter where they have traveled from. These are guidelines set by the state, said McConville.
Boaters who have a home out here can quarantine at their own home, which they must go straight to. However, McConville said since all the marinas are closed, and there are no moorings, unattended boats show poor seamanship.
McConville erected a sign at Coast Guard Beach on Tuesday, April 14 announcing the quarantine mandate. She said she planned on putting up a similar sign in Old Harbor. It applies to all boats whether they have come over from Newport or out of state, McConville said.
“I’ve had about five boats come into the harbor since we had a shelter in place and advised them of the quarantine,” said McConville. “I have their contact info. Most of them have come in to shelter from weather, and they have all been solo sailors.”
McConville said, “I can’t stop them from coming, but I can

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