Peter Forte, Commodore
July 14, 2020
BWSC Guidelines for Sailing During the Covid 19 Pandemic
Sailing during the pandemic will be another challenge we all must face. BWSC wants to reiterate the importance of good practices to keep yourself and others safe. Also, BWSC is allowing the use of the website's forum as a way to enable foster the communication among members. BWSC is not sanctioning the cruises, rendezvous, or gatherings. Wear a mask or cloth face covering when you are indoors or unable to keep a safe 6ft. away from others. Practice social distancing--stay at least 6 feet apart, even when you are outdoors. If that is not possible, again, wear a mask or cloth face covering. Know your risk--older people (that is people over 60 years old); and those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer) are at greater risk of contracting Covid 19 and have more difficulty in recovery. Inquire about others' practice--If you are with others and do not want to wear a face covering or practice social distancing ask about their practice. Does it sound safe to you? How much risk are you willing to take? (Remember that many people are asymptomatic but can still spread the virus especially during the incubation period which can be up to 14 days.) And last, but not least, WASH YOUR HANDS! Often and thoroughly! No matter where you are sailing, each State publishes on their website their policies and guidelines for those traveling to that State and within that State. Please go to the official source for information. If you want information about a particular town, marina, harbor, please call them directly. Please follow the State and local guidelines.
Maine will allow adults who obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 test from a specimen taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival, to forgo the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Maine. Individuals may be tested in Maine, but they must quarantine while awaiting the results. The State is exempting residents from the following states from the testing and 14-day quarantine requirement: Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.” For more information visit: