Message from RBAW on COVID-19

Hello RBAW Members,
Many have been doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19, and this progress is allowing additional recreational activities to be opened, great news! 
As all responsible boaters put safety first, it will be imperative to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe by continuing to recreate responsibly. This still means remaining physically distanced, wearing masks if distance isn’t possible, only allowing household members on your boat, and not congregating in large groups. 
With the Governor’s announcement yesterday, Washington is transitioning from “Stay at Home, Stay Healthy” to “Safe Start” by June 1st. This is a hand off from the state’s rules to a “flexible” county-by-county approach. Individual counties will have the authority to determine what is allowed as they apply and transition to the next Phase in re-opening. To include a new “Phase 1.5” as they work towards full Phase 2 qualifications and beyond. These phases will determine what activities, gatherings, etc. will be allowed by county.
What this means to recreational boating and fishing is that we must abide by the county specific directives for whenwhere, and how we can to recreate. And of note, there continues to be a restriction for San Juan county which prohibits non-essential travel to the San Juan Islands through the end of Phase 2.
This is going to be an evolving situation over the next several weeks as counties transition into the next phase so please check the county you want to visit prior to heading out. King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties will soon be requesting approval to move into the next phase.
Below you will see links that will provide you with important information.  It is still critical to plan ahead and check websites, or call businesses to determine what’s open, and please continue to practice COVID-19 safety procedures.  
– Governor Inslee announces “Safe Start” — Washington’s Phased Reopening by county. Click HERE for details
Washington Counties by Phase – Click HERE for updated list
– Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks), Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that camping in 22 counties will begin to reopen on Monday, June 1. Counties reopening for camping are all actively in Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s ‘Safe Start’ plan and have also been approved for camping by county officials. The public should check state agency websites for the status of individual campgrounds and dispersed camping.  Click HERE for details
Saltwater boat ramps and launches are now OPEN on Elliott Bay.  The City is considering opening our freshwater launches in the coming weeks, but only if we can ensure that opening launches will not lead to increased gatherings or parties on boats (which are currently not yet permitted).  Please, ensure critical COVID-19 safety practices are met by physical distancing and/or wearing a mask when unable to physically distance. Click HERE for details
– San Juan Islands Travel Advisory (UPDATED).  In alignment with the Governor, the San Juan County Health Officer’s order prohibits non-essential travel to the San Juan Islands through the end of Phase 2. The order prohibits day trips by visitors, transient accommodations, camping, access to playgrounds, and overnight moorageClick HERE for details
– Puget Sound Halibut Fishery to open for select dates starting May 20.  ClickHEREfor details
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to enjoy three free days at state parks in June. Click HERE for details.
If you have any questions, please email us
Thank you,
PTYC Member Pete Leenhouts