On May 7, recreational boating and fishing reopened in Maryland, and on May 15, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's stay-at-home order was lifted resulted in these new Maryland boating regulations. The state has now moved into the beginning of Stage One of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery which includes a Safer at Home public health advisory.
Following the announcement of the governor’s Roadmap to Recovery, the state has expanded opportunities for outdoor exercise and recreation in the state and on Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) properties. These are the latest guidelines from the Maryland DNR regarding recreational boating and fishing as of May 15:
Recreational boating activities, including motorized and non-motorized vessels and personal watercraft, are permitted, however:
- No more than 10 people can be on a boat at one time, including captain and crew.
- Vessel and boat races are authorized so long as no more than 10 people are in a gathering at one time.
- Marinas can reopen to boaters, but must adhere to best management practices from the Departments of Commerce and Health.
- Pump-out stations and boats may resume operations, but must adhere to best management practices from the Departments of Commerce and Health.
- State boat ramps will be open and operational; all ramps must ensure social distancing guidelines.
- All normal boating rules and regulations are in effect and must be followed.
Recreational fishing activities, including catch-and-release and crabbing, are allowed, however:
- When fishing from a boat, no more than 10 people may be on a boat at one time, including captain and crew.
- When fishing from onshore or a pier, social distancing guidelines must be followed.
- DNR fishing piers are open.
- Fishing tournaments may be held so long as no more than 10 people are in a gathering at one time or may be held virtually.
- All normal rules and regulations regarding fishing are in effect and must be followed, including creel limits, gear restrictions, and seasons.
- DNR-owned beaches will be opened and outdoor recreational activities such as walking, jogging, running, swimming, fishing, and sunbathing will be permitted, however,
- Guidance on social distancing must be followed.
- The prohibition on social gatherings (no more than 10 people) must be strictly followed.