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Golf

Golf Clubs can open as of May 1st and the Governor’s approval was subject to compliance with the Industry Guidance issued by the State Agency of Economic and Community Development.

Please note that per an Executive Order issued by the Governor, visitors coming into Maine are required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and therefore all play is limited to Club members only.

  • Do not come to the Club if you are feeling ill, have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have been exposed to a person who is displaying those symptoms
  • Throughout your time on Club grounds, you must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others, and you should not share or touch another player’s golf balls, clubs or other equipment
  • All players must make a tee time in advance, either on-line or by phone. Do not come to the course without a tee time. Tee times will be set 15 minutes apart
  • No guests allowed
  • No public play is permitted
  • Please arrive at the course no earlier than, or stay in your cars until, 10 minutes prior to your tee time
  • The Clubhouse, cart barn and golf shop will be closed. This means the Clubhouse rest rooms, club storage and locker rooms will not be available. Please plan accordingly
  • No paper scorecards or pencils will be available. We suggest you keep your score using your phone, your own pad and pencil, or use a printable version
  • Players may carry their own bag or push their own cart. Rental push carts will not be available
  • For the time being, no motorized carts will be available
  • All public restrooms will be closed during this first phase.
  • Please leave the Club grounds immediately after completing your round
  • All practice facilities, including the practice putting green, will be closed
  • Flagsticks must remain in the hole at all times and must not be touched
  • Sections of pool noodles will be inserted in the holes in order to allow players to retrieve their balls without touching the flagstick or the cup
  • All bunker rakes will be removed. Please smooth out the bunker surface using your feet. Preferred lies in bunkers will be permitted
  • No water coolers/fountains, ball washers, divot mix containers, benches, trash containers or broken tee caddies and ball washers will be available
  • Food and Beverage Facilities are closed

Maine Boatyards and Marinas

Marinas can open and the Governor’s approval was subject to compliance with the Industry Guidance (updated as of May 5) issued by the State Agency of Economic and Community Development.

Let customers know your level of access, policies, rules, schedule, and what to expect if they ask to come to your facility. Send emails, post signage, put notifications on social media. Let your local law enforcement, municipality, and/or harbormaster know if you have essential designation from the state. Let them know how you are operating and what activity is (or is not) going on at your location. Remember to communicate with subcontractors too and ask them what safety measures they are taking.

Please remind them that the Governor’s Order still requires them to self-quarantine for 14 days (on board their boat or perhaps at their cottage). It might be helpful to have a list available of local stores or restaurants who are willing to deliver supplies and/or food to them. It would be up to the facility to determine if they can safely move around the facility and if those people should have access to restrooms, pumpouts, fuel, etc.

Make sure sales are online or curbside with electronic payment.

You know your facility better than anyone else. Use common sense to try to control customer access to limit the number of people at the facility at any one time. Require appointments. Put up signage to potentially stop public access by people walking near docks or driving in just to look around. You may want to try to keep a log of who is at your facility each day (employees, deliveries, clients, contractors) in case you are asked to help with virus contact tracing. Some CT boatyards have hired off-duty police officers for security to make sure people are not congregating on docks after hours. Consider limiting customers to only using the head on their boats. This summer consider limiting launch service to one boat crew at a time or offering no launch service at all.

Communicate with customers about employees accessing their boats and there may be extra charges for disinfection of contact surfaces before and after service. Some boatyards are telling boat owners they will not put an employee on the boat within 72 hours of a customer being on board. Remind them that some jobs may take longer if only one employee can be on board at a time.

Be clear about no congregating on docks. Minimize helping customers or having them help each other with dock lines unless there is risk o damage or injury. Ask employees and customers to give each other space. Do not walk onto a float or ramp until someone else has vacated the space. Remind people to hand wash or sanitize after touching dock lines, dock cart handles, fuel pumps, and hand railings. Keep pets leashed so they do not wander up to other people who may touch them. Enjoy your boat and return to your car directly without lingering. Catch up with your dock neighbors via phone or email this year. Maintain social distance. Consider adding sanitation options in key areas such as fuel pumps or near handrails. Currently outdoor sinks for hand washing do not have to be part of a wastewater license with Maine DEP.

If your customers use launch ramps, remind them to launch and haul away from others and only have their crew handle lines. They should avoid crowding and  maintain social distance and not gather for fishing stories. If they arrive at a launch that has a full parking lot, keep moving to another location.

Boaters should not raft with other boats or have beach parties. These activities have led to closures of boating in some places. Maine has plenty of freshwater and saltwater space to spread out and enjoy time on the water safely. If boaters are cruising to other marinas, suggest they call or research if their destination has any limitations or restricted access for transient boaters.

It may be important to review any internal company guidelines or handbooks about storm preparations, employee safety, or general policies and add special addendums at this time.

Ensure all staff members receiving COVID- 19 protocol training

Boat Excursions

Charter Boats will adhere to Industry Guidelines issued by the State Agency of Economic and Community Development.

  • Out-of-state clients will not participate in Guided Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Activities until they have quarantined for 14 days
  • During Phase 1, all clients should be from the same household unless you can comply with current standards for number of people and physical distancing
  • Communicate with clients in advance regarding new operational procedures
  • Arrange for payment using online or phone payment processes
  • Under no circumstances should a client or employee participate in a guided trip if they show signs of illness
  • Clients and guides are not to ride in the same vehicle to or from any guided activity at this time
  • Clients should provide their own water bottles, sunscreen, insect repellent and personal food while in the field
  • Guides and clients should wear face coverings when indoors or when unable to maintain physical distancing. Face coverings that become wet must be replaced with dry face coverings
  • Guides will have readily available hand sanitizer, cleaning products and spare face coverings on every trip
  • Extra care must be taken when close contact will occur such as while in a small boat or canoe. Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between individuals to the degree possible
  • Sanitize equipment used by clients with EPA registered products (see above) after each trip paying particular attention to “high-touch” surfaces
  • Use separate equipment for guide demonstrations
  • Equipment provided for client use such as fishing rods, paddles, life jackets, etc., must be sanitized before and after use
  • Phase 1 does not allow meal preparation. Clients are responsible for their own food
  • A client become ill on a guided trip, consult with EMS or healthcare facility for immediate guidance
  • Phase 1 does not allow overnight trips

Museums

As our task force develops best practices for our local museums, we will reference the American Alliance of Museums guidelines . Further details to come!

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