Oconto County Health Officer Debra Konitzer issued Health Officer Order #3 today, April 22, 2020. This is a revision of the April 8, 2020 Health Officer Order. Order #3 opens Oconto County owned boat landings with restrictions and takes effect on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 5:00 a.m.
“The COVID-19 public health emergency has required sacrifices from all of us and continues to be a challenging situation to adjust to,” stated Debra Konitzer, Oconto County Health Officer. “We share people’s concerns about COVID-19, and we also understand that outdoor activities like fishing are encouraged. It is important to enjoy fishing opportunities in waters close to home and to limit travel.”
The boat landings will open, however all public facilities that encourage social gathering of any number of people will be closed. The order states that boat landing users are expected to maintain social distancing guidelines of keeping six feet between themselves and others. Users are also expected to not gather with people who live outside of their household.
“Those using the boat landings are expected to take all precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 and other diseases,” stated Konitzer. “We need people to follow the social distancing guidelines listed in the order. Frequent hand washing, or use of hand sanitizer, and wearing a cloth face mask are also important steps in stopping the spread.”
If these requirements are not met, the launches may be closed again. Failure to comply could result in a fine or criminal prosecution.