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Boating allowed but discouraged under stay-at-home order

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 18:33:41-04

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich (WXYZ) — This weekend people are taking advantage of the weather. Macomb county marine division estimated 500 boats were on the water yesterday between fisherman and recreational boaters at Selfrige DNR boat launch in Harrison Township.

While people across Michigan have been able to get out and enjoy some outdoor activities during the stay home order, boating has been a big question mark.

Michigan state police say that while boating isn't banned, it's not encouraged.

This is because - if you run into boat trouble -- someone would have to come rescue you and that puts both you and your rescuer at risk for Covid-19.

However despite the warning, there were still several boaters out on Lake St. Clair Saturday afternoon.

But according to the Coronavirus website from the governor's office, this is allowed. Under the q and a section, it says "any outdoor activity, including boating, must be done in a manner consistent with social distancing, and individuals should use only their own equipment to prevent the transmission of the virus through the touching of shared surfaces. Additionally, in accordance with section 2 of the order, persons not part of a single household may not boat together."

Meanwhile, U.S. Customs and Border protection announced on Friday it would close small boat reporting locations across the state to comply with President Donald Trump's orders limiting travel across borders to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

Those locations include Metro Beach Public Marina in Mount Clemons, and Erma Hudson Park in Detroit.