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DEM issues guidelines for boaters

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management issued the following rules for boaters as the warm weather approaches:
As the early boating season gears up, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is asking boaters to follow COVID-19 social distancing rules and other safety guidelines as they work on their boats at marinas and boatyards and while they’re on the water. Paying strict adherence to social distancing guidelines is a key element in Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s plan to reopen Rhode Island businesses and the state economy.
“As boaters prepare to launch their vessels during the COVID-19 public health crisis, we’re reminding them to stay close to home and practice social distancing,” said DEM Director Janet Coit. “Responsible boaters know how important it is to wear a lifejacket and take precautions to stay safe in cold water.  This year, as we’re dealing with the public health emergency, we’re also asking boaters to take additional steps to protect themselves, their families, and the people around them so everyone can safely enjoy the boating season.” 
Boating during COVID-19
Boaters are urged to follow these safety rules to protect themselves and others:
Stay close to home. Travel to and from the

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