SAN JUAN – The Secretary of Natural and Environmental Resources, Rafael Machargo Maldonado, issued Administrative Order 2020-06E and Circular Letter 2020-07M, to clarify and update the extensions of OE-2020-080, on concessionaires of marinas and recreational activities aquatic in Puerto Rico.
“According to the most recent Executive Order issued by the Governor, aquatic recreational activities will be allowed maintaining certain controls to protect the health and safety of citizens. However, to clarify doubts in relation to the EO, we have prepared the regulations that specify in detail what is allowed in marinas and aquatic recreational activities that can be carried out, ”said the secretary.
The opening of beaches and spas to practice sports in the “keep moving” mode is authorized. However, socialization or crowding of people is not allowed without precautionary measures and social distancing (minimum distance of 6 feet between groups). The use of chairs, coolers and umbrellas is prohibited.
“With regard to water activities in the marinas, they will be allowed seven (7) days a week from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm, remembering that everyone must be at home at 10:00 pm, as established in Executive Order 2020-080. The marinas will be responsible for carrying out maintenance and disinfection tasks. Commercial and recreational fishing is allowed seven (7) days a week. Night fishing is allowed during curfew, for commercial fishermen. In addition, navigation is allowed for the purposes of research, monitoring, conservation and rehabilitation of marine resources ”, added Machargo Maldonado
Here is a summary of the most salient points of the regulations:
- a) In carrying out the permitted aquatic recreational activities, it will be a requirement to practice social distancing continuously, maintaining a distance of six (6) feet between people who are not part of the family nucleus. The use of personal protective equipment, such as masks, is recommended at all times, as well as the use of disinfectants. In addition, it is recommended that each person use their personal equipment and not share such equipment. This includes fishing tackle used in recreational fishing.
- b) Disembarkation through the public ramps of the Government of Puerto Rico will only be allowed for boats and navigation vehicles, with the exception of jet skis. Once the maximum capacity of the designated parking area is occupied, NO more vehicles with tow will be allowed.
- c) Marinas or private clubs will be allowed to use the ramps for boats and navigation vehicles with the exception of jet skis, as long as an order of arrival is maintained, users will remain in their vehicles until their turn. .
- d) Those who practice permitted water activities are required to comply with the applicable provisions of the laws and regulations that regulate the activity. For example, they must comply with Regulation 6979 of May 31, 2005, Regulation for Registration, Navigation and Aquatic Safety in Puerto Rico, and with Regulation 7949 of November 24, 2010, Puerto Rico Fishing Regulation.
- e) Crowding is prohibited, either on the beach or shore, as well as in the water. At the end of your activity, you must leave the place (keep moving), and you must wear a mask while they are out of the water.
- f) As of Monday, November 16, 2020, the Protected Natural Areas will continue to be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Guajataca, Lucchetti and Cerrillos Wildlife Refuges and the Laguna Tortuguero and Humacao Nature Reserves will be operating from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, from Wednesday to Sunday. The facilities managed by the National Parks Program will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. The use of gazebos is only allowed for families, prior reservation with the administration of the facilities concerned.
- g) All concessions and authorizations must submit the prevention protocol against COVID-19 to the following address: [email protected], according to its activities, for evaluation and approval of the DNER, before starting to operate. Evidence of the approval of its protocol by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company will also be accepted.
- h) Filming on beaches, bodies of water and other protected natural areas will be allowed, in accordance with the Executive Order in its 6th Section. on the film industry, subsection 25. They will continue to “operate during the hours allowed in the curfew, complying with the recommendations of the CDC, the Department of Health and the PROSHA COVID-19 regulations, including the separation parameter of six (6 ) feet to nine (9) feet away, the mandatory use of a mask, frequent hand washing, and industry-established protocols for COVID-19. ”
- i) The following water activities are allowed, maintaining social distancing in the water:
- Recreational boating in boats or navigation vehicles; such as: boats, boats or sailboats. Watercraft will be prohibited.
- Recreational fishing (in all its modalities), from boats, navigation vehicles and / or shore. Includes saltwater and inland fishing.
- Snorkeling and diving
- Paddle: Kayak, board (“Paddleboard”) and canoe
- Surf in all its modalities (shore surfing and “morey boogie”)
- “Windsurfing”, “Sunfish”, “banana boat” and “Hobie Cat” from ramps or from the shore
- Walk, run, jog
- Bird watching and photography
- Waterfowl hunting
- Commercial fishing
- One boat per mooring or mooring buoy will be allowed. However, they will not be able to disembark on beaches, keys and islets. They should be kept 200 feet from shore, at least; and maintain a minimum distance of 15 feet between boats and navigation vehicles (including kayaks, canoes, surfboards and / or paddleboards).
- The use of the ramps will be allowed as long as an order of arrival is maintained. They will remain in their vehicles until it is their turn. The agglomeration of people in these areas will not be allowed; and social distancing and the use of masks must be maintained once they get out of the vehicles at all times.
- And any sport allowed by the Department of Recreation and Sports in its current Circular Letter 2020-12 of November 16, 2020.
“We urge all marinas, commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, and the general public, to follow the guidelines given in these communications, which are effective immediately and are strictly enforced,” concluded the secretary.
Failure to comply with the provisions of the Administrative Order and the Circular Letter by the concessionaires or citizens will be sufficient cause for the imposition of an administrative fine and the suspension or revocation of the Concession, if applicable.
For more information, you can access the website of the DNER or any of the official social networks of the Department for more information. Likewise, if you have any questions or concerns, you can write to us via email: [email protected].