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Marina, launch ramp, boat preps May 21

May 21

This email was received this afternoon from the Municipality:

Please be advised that the Municipality is able to confirm the following:

-The boat launch at the Marina is allowed to open asap (please confirm that this can and will be opened asap as we anticipate it will be in high demand now that the word is out)

-The Marina is now open for KYC members and Marina staff to continue preparations on preparing the Marina to open to boaters and ready for lift-in

-Boaters are permitted to work on their boats as they were prior to the May 15th communications that ended that activity.

KYC expects any  measures that the public is being asked to follow during this COVID-19 Pandemic are followed.

Note that the required measures include distancing of 6 ft. (unless you are family members), no more than 5 persons in a group, and that the boat storage areas do not become a place for social gatherings.  This permission is a privilege, and can be revoked by the municipality if these requirements are not followed.




KYC just received this information from the Municipality.  If affects everyone at the Marina, including our staff.  The word is closed means closed.  There will no longer be any work allowed at the Marina, whether preparations to open by staff, or work to prepare boats by owners.  We will be following up with the Municipality on Tuesday for plans for a new path forward.  The following excerpt is from the news media release from the Municipality:

The Grey Bruce Health Unit Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra, is ordering municipalities to close all beaches and shore in Grey and Bruce Counties. This directive applies to all municipally managed beaches and shore in both counties.

This order is in effect from noon on May 15, 2020 until rescinded. This order is made pursuant to Section. 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H. 7 as amended.

This closure means that no activity of any kind can take place and that the following are closed to all persons:

  • Beaches and Beach Access
  • Boardwalks (both sides) • Gardens by the Boardwalk
  • Any portion of the Trails System that goes along the shoreline
  • Any structures on the beach
  • Marinas, boat launches and piers

The full news media release can be found at, scroll down to news and notices, Media Advisory, Medical Officer of Health Order.

May 12 – Boat preparations can begin

Today, May 12, we have received permission from the Municipality for boaters to begin work on preparing their boats for lift in.  There are some stipulations to be followed.


The Marina remains closed to the public, which includes boaters.   This means the docks are closed, the launch ramp is closed, the office is closed, and the washrooms are closed, to the public, which includes boaters.


The following was cut and pasted from the Marina section on an Ontario Government website entitled – Frequently asked questions about essential businesses document.

“Can marinas open?

Marinas are now permitted to repair or service boats or other watercraft. They also may place boats or other watercraft in the water to be secured to a dock until the marina is open to the public. They may also provide other services to enable individuals to access their primary place of residence, support government operations or services, or support the transportation of items by commercial barges.

Marinas can also provide access to boats or release boats to owners for seasonal boat preparation.

No decisions have been made on whether or when marinas can be fully open.”


Therefore, based on the above, the Municipality feels it is fine to start allowing your boaters access to their stored boats to do the following:

-Cleaning of boats

-Polishing/waxing of boats

-Painting of hulls

-Repairs to boats

-Engine Preparation

-Preparing boats for lift in


We would expect however that measures are put in place by the KYC to ensure that social distancing requirements and sanitizing measures are being adhered to along with any other measures that the public is being asked to follow during this COVID-19 Pandemic.


Note that the required measures include distancing of 6 ft. (unless you are family members), no more than 5 persons in a group, and that the boat storage areas do not become a place for social gatherings.  This permission is a privilege, and can be revoked by the municipality if these requirements are not followed.

Marina update May 4

Municipality of Kincardine senior staff met this morning and have clarified what can be done at the marina in light of Premier Ford’s announcement of May 1st.

As per the Friday announcement, the marina will remain closed to the public.  As per the meeting this morning, this includes work on boat preparation.  We will be following up with the Municipality later this week to press for a path forward for boat preparation.

Marina staff will be permitted to work at preparations for reopening the marina.  This will include work on restoring the water supply, work on preparing the docks, and work on the boat launch, to name a few, so that the marina will be able to be opened in a timely matter when restrictions for public access are relaxed.  Staff will be required to practice physical distancing, not congregate in groups of more than five, and follow proper health and safety guidelines.

As further information becomes available, it will be posted on the website.

Remain patient, and stay healthy and safe.

Provincial May 1 announcement re Marina opening

Today, May 1, Premier Doug Ford announced that certain businesses would be allowed to open under strict safety guidelines.  By following proper health and safety guidelines these businesses will be permitted to begin operation on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 am.  The following regards marinas:

Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.”

However, the Marina is still under the Municipality of Kincardine facility lockdown.  Municipal senior staff will be meeting Monday morning May 4 to determine what the above announcement will mean for our marina.  It is anticipated that marina staff will be allowed to start preparations to open the marina, but that the marina will remain closed to the public.

Municipal staff has already been contacted regarding the path forward for boat preparation.  This will also be on the agenda at their Monday meeting.  We will be contacted after this meeting and will post the path forward on this website.

This is good news.  However, preparation of the marina for opening will take time.  Also, the time frame for opening the marina to the public is still unknown.   Please be patient.  Refrain from calling the Municipality as we are in contact with them and will post all information on the web site in a timely manner.

This information is also posted on the lift in and the Marina is closed pages

Prep work on boats stored on Municipal property

Thanks to those members who didn’t read the past updates on our website, but instead chose to contact the mayor, councillors and Municipal staff directly regarding Marina matters.  The following is thanks to you:


The Municipality has received some direct inquires from boaters asking if they are allowed to work on their boats at the harbour that are currently in winter storage.

Senior staff discussed and investigated this activity and do not feel that cleaning and working on boats at this time is an essential activity with the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place and therefore should not be permitted to continue at this time.

I trust you will let you members know of this decision and directive moving forward.