The table below addresses the status of common water-based activities under the current Public Health Orders. Further information – https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/covid-19-update.html

Social distancing and social gathering rules are to be observed at all times during any of the below activities. The latest information on social distancing and social gathering rules are available on the NSW Government  website.

When on a private boat, because it is not a public place, the restriction on gatherings of more than 2 people does not apply. However, the skipper is to ensure there is 4 square metres of space for each person on board. If there is not 4 square metres of space per person, the skipper will not be complying with the Public Health Order.

If you are satisfied you meet all the criteria, please still only boat locally.

Activity
Permitted?
PWC/ jet ski for recreational purposes No Not considered a reasonable excuse
PWC/ jet ski for transportation or fishing Yes Social distancing and social gathering rules apply Considered as exercise or transportation
Fishing Yes Social distancing and social gathering rules apply. Anchoring permitted while fishing only Considered as exercise
Tow sports (water-skiing, wake sports etc.) Yes Social distancing and social gathering rules apply.  Must have a skipper and observer in addition to the person being towed Considered as exercise
Sailing Yes Social distancing and social gathering rules apply. Considered as exercise
General boating for recreational purposes No Not considered a reasonable excuse
Kayaking or paddle sports Yes Social distancing and social gathering rules apply. Considered as exercise
Access my vessel or mooring to maintain or service? Yes Social distancing and social gathering rules apply. NSW Maritime will continue to carry out mooring audits.  Considered undertaking legal obligations, or obtaining goods or services
Stay overnight on a boat or hire a boat/ houseboat? No Not considered a reasonable excuse

Remember, social distancing and social gathering rules apply at all times – including at the boat ramp and on your boat.

Skippers must also remember their other safety responsibilities regarding safety equipment, alcohol consumption, keeping a proper lookout and proceeding at a safe speed.

For the latest information on Coronavirus and current restrictions, members of the community are encouraged to check the NSW Government website for regular updates.

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