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Not sure if anybody else has any confusion regarding the stay at home order set to begin today. Specifically whether it is ok to travel to and use the NCWRC public boat ramps. On one hand I read that being outdoors is ok and encouraged as long as social distancing is done- boating/fishing certainly accomplishes this. On the other hand, I've read that the order restricts use of public roads unless traveling to an essential service. This seems to restrict travel to the local ramp. Then, I also read that playing golf is approved recreation as long as social distancing is done, but you have to drive to the golf course.

Maybe I'm thinking too much here, but seems confusing.

Thoughts, interpretations?

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Guess we won’t know until we try. Personally, I think that if you’re staying away from others, it’s fine to be outside. America is not communist China and there is no way you’re going to ever have everybody do the same thing. At this point, everyone is still relatively calm, but if you keep taking people’s freedoms and economic opportunities away, how long are they going to continue to obey authority?


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Use common sense, if you travel any distance and need to go to a gas station, convenience store, fast food store, bathroom etc, then it is not a good decision because you subjecting yourself and others to exposure. If the ramp is close to home and you can do it without other stops, then it becomes less risky and a more reasonable decision.

No one is taking your freedoms away, these are temporary efforts to protect you, and others, and ultimately preserve your freedoms. Having everyone work toward a common goal is not a communist ideal, refusing to work toward a common goal is just being ignorant and stupid. Especially since the goal here is protecting your fellow American’s lives and health.
 

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I think everyone got it right. Use common sense to protect yourself and others by staying away from each other. I don't think law enforcement will bother anyone that's not being an idiot.
 

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I was at Red Mill Road on the Eno yesterday... Talked to the squirrel sheriff who was checking the buckets of fish (and writing tickets).

He tells me that SOME ramps will close if people aren't careful.

He said that he hadn't seen any non-families too close together at this ramp
 
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I contacted the NCWRC Enforcement division and was informed you can still fish. I also contacted NCDMF and informed the same.
 

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I was at Red Mill Road on the Eno yesterday... Talked to the squirrel sheriff who was checking the buckets of fish (and writing tickets).

He tells me that SOME ramps will close if people aren't careful.
Jordan Lake was busier on Saturday than I had ever seen it in 20years of fishing holiday weekends, most not practicing social distancing. Today the State Park ramps will close at 8PM.
 

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Thanks for the encouragement. Some friends in my fly fishing club were told you would be give a ticket for riding in your boat that you took off a boat lift. All Oak Island public ramps are closed. Oh well. Let’s go fishing.
 

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Jordan Lake is my home lake and was closed yesterday. Now I will have to travel to find some place to fish. My business is practically closed, my family is starting to drive me crazy, and all I’d like to do it get out on the water for a few hours to relive some stress from this **** pandemic. I understand the need for social distancing, but for Pete’s sake, use some common sense when closing down recreation areas. I have a much higher chance of getting infected in the grocery store than out in the middle of the lake away from everyone. Regulate the boat ramps better and give people a chance to relieve some stress, because staying cooped up at home watching coronavirus coverage 24/7 isn’t helping.


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Dear Pond Pounder, How right you are! The virus sucks, of course. It has finally stuck someone I know so it is no joke. But I don’t want a batch of hard-core anglers going suicidal of us. We still have party boats coming by with 10-15 people in very close proximity to each other going by. But I don’t see too many anglers in that situation. Usually there is at least 6’ of social distancing going on. So, let’s go fishing alone or with a friend in the front of the boat.
 

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Just got this email from NCWRC listserve:

Do Your Part - Comply With COVID-19 Restrictions

Addressing the ongoing and unfolding impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic requires unprecedented measures to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19. Each and every one of us must all work together to do our part to limit person-to-person contact in our workplaces and in our communities.

Last Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 121 (EO121), which instituted a stay at home order and strategic directions for a statewide unified response to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in our state. Under EO121, all North Carolinians are directed to stay at home, except as authorized in the Order. Outdoor activities are allowed under EO121; however, individuals MUST, with the full force and effect of law, comply with the following Social Distancing Requirements and Mass Gatherings requirements:

Individuals using shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence MUST, at all times and as much as reasonably possible, maintain social (physical) distancing of AT LEAST six (6) feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members.

Further, EO121 prohibits any events or convenings that bring together more than ten (10) persons into a single space at the same time.

Please note that local Emergency Orders may require more stringent standards. Prior to engaging in outdoor activities, check local government Emergency Orders for specific requirements.

Hunting, Fishing, Boating and many other wildlife-associated activities can be accomplished in compliance with those requirements; however, based on field observation from law enforcement and other agency professionals over the past week, many people are disregarding the requirements. Those actions raise the clear and present danger of increased community spread of COVID-19.

This is a time for each of us to work together to be part of the solution and not the problem. We are asking each of you to do your part when using any of our access areas. In order to keep these doorways to North Carolina’s public trust resources open, we are relying on the compliance of every person.

Failure to comply WILL LEAD to CLOSURES of boating and fishing access areas.

Gordon Myers
Executive Director
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission



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I was at a ramp this weekend that was insanely crowded, almost every parking spot was taken up and people were everywhere. I could see things get closed up
 

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I am seeing the banks packed with people fishing as well getting harder to stay distant from folks without having to travel to very remote places. I would think a bass boat with more than one person unless both in same household does not qualify as socially distant since when your traveling to and from at high speeds the seats are probably a little to close together.
 
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I’ve never seen a crowd at my kayak launch as big as the one today, every parking spot was taken and people were on the side of the road parked. Usually there is only 2-3 people there
 

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I launched my kayak at High Point City Lake yesterday (Tues. Apr 7). The marina is closed, but there is a sign there asking you to call a phone number and pay your launch fee with a credit card. I saw maybe 5 or 6 other boats there and a handful of bank fishermen. Spent about 6 hours on the water, caught 3 small bass and 3 keeper size crappie. Enjoyed being out there. Sure hope they don't close this lake.
 
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