New NMMA COVID-19 resource on states’ reopening plans

May 27, 2020

As states across the country continue to reopen their economies, many states have outlined phased plans for businesses to protect the health of workers and citizens. In response, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is releasing a new state tracking document, which serves as a quick guide to these reopening plans, benchmarks and task forces. …

Labor department adopts revised COVID-19 reporting requirements

May 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in states throughout the country. First, OSHA is increasing in-person inspections at all types of workplaces. The new enforcement guidance reflects changing circumstances in which many non-critical businesses have …

Everglades National Park increases recreational access

May 21, 2020

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Everglades National Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach …

Free guides helps marine businesses operate safely

May 19, 2020

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, along with trade association partners from across the marine industry, recently released a free 58-page publication aimed at helping marine dealers operate safely in a new marketplace concerned with the COVID-19 health crisis. The publication, titled “Guide to Operating Your Boat Business Safely,” provides a manual for running …

Report results: March retail sales, shipments and production amid COVID-19

May 14, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) March 2020 New Powerboat Registration Report and Monthly Shipment Report, as well as the quarterly Forecast on U.S. Boat Building Production from ITR Economics, are now available and illustrate how the recreational boating industry was impacted at the start of the COVID-19 public health crisis. While data shows solid …

MRAA offers dealer best practices, consumer boating tools

May 7, 2020

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) recently launched a series of resources to help marine industry dealers get back to work in a safe and effective manner.  Noting that dealerships around North America have remained only partially open in most areas—only 15 percent were “open for business as normal” at the end of …

Survey reports marine CEOs Q1 sentiments, impact of COVID-19 on business

May 6, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Q1 2020 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, a quarterly survey to assess the state and needs of U.S. marine manufacturing, is now available. As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new section of the Survey was added to capture specific feedback relating to business impacts–from supply chain disruptions …

Boating and fishing industry launch marketing campaign

May 5, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the non-profit Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) will launch an industry-wide marketing campaign in June that will share the restorative power of recreational boating and fishing at a time when the well-being of Americans is front and center. “Consumer insights show people are longing for a return …

Several states lift COVID-19 restrictions

May 4, 2020

Across the country, a number of COVID-19 related executive orders restricting commerce expired this week. Many of these states have implemented phase in plans and economic task forces to advise the government on the best course of action for safely reopening their economies. Here are updates on states where COVID-19 restrictions were recently lifted: Alabama …

Trump administration to begin reopening national parks

April 29, 2020

President Trump announced that his administration would begin to reopen national parks as states relax COVID-19 related restrictions. The National Park Service (NPS) has closed many public lands and waters across the country to lessen the spread of the virus. Details regarding plans for reopening specific parks will be provided in the coming days following …