April 18, 2020 Announcement from the Governor Murphy's office: "The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut said Saturday that they're working together to allow marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers to open to cater to personal use in each of the three states."
In the joint statement, the Governors' Offices stated that marinas and other facilities would be allowed to open "as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed."
To LEHYC Boat Owners:
I hope each and every one of you is healthy and safe during these uncertain times. The last few weeks have been difficult, however we are already seeing positive signs. The Mandate from the State to safely distance ourselves from friends and family that are not living in your home is making a difference in the loss of life and length of time this period of quarantine will last. I think we all agree that it is important to continue to follow this path. As mandates are relaxed, we will need to be extra mindful to maintain physical distance and wear protective masks where required.
While the announcement by Governor Murphy permits the opening of our marina and this Update is a step in doing so, Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club does not encourage or condone violation of any government directive, including directives to shelter in place and/or forbidding non-essential travel. Our Clubhouse, bathrooms, bocce and tennis/pickleball courts, water fountains and ice machine will remain closed until further notice.
On April 22nd, the Board of Trustees created an Ad Hoc COVID-19 Committee consisting of the Flag Officers (Laura Darling, Bob Kiep, Caroline Flagler, Scott Lowry and Denick Herrin), House & Property Chair Henry Vare, Finance Co-Chairs Tom Cox and Derek Stoldt, Senior Trustee Kevin McGlynn and Jr. Sailing Liaison, Mike Reynolds. The Trustees authorized the Committee to design and implement policies and procedures to protect our employees and members, and to open the Club docks, boat basin and boat yard once those policies and procedures are in place. This Update includes the current policies and procedures put in place by the Ad Hoc Committee. These policies and procedures are subject to change at any time as circumstances may require.
LEHYC boat owners may occupy their slips or bring their dry sailboats to the Club after May 1st subject to the following requirements.
In order to launch your boat, you must do the following:
· STEP ONE - AGREE TO THE COVID-19 POLICIES: You must e-mail email@example.com to acknowledge you have reviewed the COVID-19 policies and that you agree to comply with them. That e-mail will constitute a binding agreement by you to comply with the policies set forth in this letter, as such policies may be amended and revised by the Club from time to time.
· STEP TWO: MAKE A RESERVATION WITH JOE BY TEXT OR PHONE: You must make an appointment with our steward, Joe Ryan, prior to occupying your slip or bringing your boat to the yard. Call or text 609-290-6376 and Joe will get back to you with an approved date and time to bring your boat.
The following Policies are currently in effect and must be adhered to. These Policies are in addition to all previously existing rules regulating usage of our docks and grounds:
· Social and Physical distancing as defined and required by state mandates must be strictly adhered to.
· Club employees are not permitted to assist you with docking. Please have someone allowable (someone with whom you are quarantined) to help with setting up your dock lines.
· You may work on your boat only if you are working alone or with persons with whom you are isolated or quarantined.
· Outside marine mechanics and contractors are welcome at LEHYC for boat repairs and maintenance; however, they must schedule access time with the Club Steward. Any marine mechanics or contractors must abide by all applicable rules and regulations.
· If a boat owner or contractor is working on a boat immediately next to yours, please be very mindful of social distancing or, better yet, choose a different time to work on yours.
· DO NOT occupy your slip unless you will be around to care for your boat. Your boat is not the responsibility of the Club or its staff, and at this time, there are not many members around the Club to offer a watchful eye.
· YOUR BOAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!
· We remind you that the Club's Boat Slip Lease Agreement includes a waiver by each slip holder of claims against the Club, as well as an obligation to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Club from losses, damages and other liabilities. That agreement also requires you to maintain a minimum level of insurance. The Boat Slip Agreement continues to apply in all regards. All boat owners who launch their boats much comply with such terms as if they are party to a slip lease agreement.
· If you go boating, it must be only with persons with whom you are isolated or quarantined. No others may be on the boat with you.
· It is requested that no one post your boating experience on social media. We want to be mindful of the optics.
· These Policies may be revised from time to time and the current version of the Policies shall apply. Please see www.lehyc.org for the current policies.
I want to be clear that the COVID-19 situation and the availability of our facility can change at any time based on governmental directives and other circumstances. If club marinas are found to be out of compliance with the State directives and CDC guidelines, we are all at risk of losing the use of these facilities.
More importantly, we do not want to put anyone from our families, our Club or our community at risk. It is imperative that we all abide by the social/physical distance rules, and do not share our boats with anyone other than those with whom we are quarantined. Any member found to be violating any of these rules intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be subject to disciplinary action.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to help us comply with the Governor's public health orders. If you have any questions, contact me.