COVID-19 recreational update: Marinas to open in N.Y., and golf courses


New state guidelines issued Sunday have lifted restrictions at golf courses and personal watercraft use and more at marinas.

Parks and other open spaces, with the exceptions of playgrounds and other areas deemed high density congregation, will also remain open.

“Marinas, boatyards, and recreational marine manufacturers, for ongoing marina operations and boat repair/maintenance, where such facilities adhere to strict social distancing and sanitization protocols,” reads an updated Executive Order 2026.

“Use of such sites for the purposes of personal use or operation of boats or other watercraft is permissible, provided that no establishment offer chartered watercraft services or rentals.

“Restaurant activity at such sites are limited to take-out or delivery only.”

Locally, that means Fire Island locations will be able to open marina services, as well as adjoining restaurants for takeout and, possibly, delivery to boaters if the business deems such services helpful to business.

Fire Island Ferries in Bay Shore is operating but click here for updates on guidelines and modified schedules. Davis Park services remain suspended as of April 20. Watch Hill services are expected to resume mid-May, according to the National Park Service.

The Sayville ferries are operating; click here for COVID updates.

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“Golf courses are not essential and cannot have employees working on-premise,” reads the updated Executive Order 2026. “Notwithstanding this restriction, essential services, such as groundskeeping to avoid hazardous conditions and security, provided by employees, contractors, or vendors are permitted and private operators may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind and appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly abided.”

Photo: The marina at Watch Hill, Fire Island, N.Y. (Credit: NPS)