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Is using a motorboat allowed by the EEOs?

Posted on April 24th, 2020

 

Yes, with proper social distancing techniques.

In my legal opinion, the language in EEO 2020-42 (which rescinded EEO 2020-21) did not prohibit such activity. The language in Paragraph 7 read:

(a) Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary:

(1) To engage in outdoor physical activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people outside the individual’s household. Outdoor physical activity includes walking, hiking, running, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, or other similar physical activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility (emphasis added).

Some agencies, like the DNR, had interpreted this language to ban motorized boating, but that debate has been mooted by EEO 2020-59 issued today, April 24, 2020, and effective immediately. The new language in (7)(a)(1) now reads:

(a) Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary:

(1) To engage in outdoor physical activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people outside the individual’s household. Outdoor physical activity includes walking, hiking, running, cycling, boating, golfing, or other similar activity, as well as any comparable activity for those with limited mobility (emphasis added).

Accordingly, EEO 2020-59 removes any language that could be construed as a ban on motorized boating, whether for fishing or just cruising on the water.

BE AWARE that EEO 2020-59 still requires that people from different households adhere to the CDC’s recommended social distancing guidelines, especially staying six feet apart.

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2 S. Main Street
L’Anse, MI 49946

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L’Anse, MI 49946

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L’Anse, MI 49946

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