SOCIAL DISTANCING WHEN BOATING
From 31 March 2020 NSW Government Public Health directions have been updated requiring people to stay at home unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’. However, as there is on land, there are exceptions that apply on water.
A ‘reasonable excuse’ to use your boat could be to:
1. exercise (e.g. kayaking/sailing/paddling etc);
3. get to and from work, where the work cannot reasonably be performed from home;
4. get groceries; and
5. provide assistance, care or support to an immediate member of the person’s family.
If you do go boating social distancing rules and hygiene requirements always apply – on the marina, on your boat and while on the water. You should only be on your boat alone, or with no more than one other person; or with family who ordinarily live in the same household as you.
Where it is safe and appropriate to do so, boating is an activity with proven ability to help people relax and deal with stress. Boating can support isolation measures where people stay home and only go outside for exercise and wellbeing – clear of others – and then return home.
So where permitted, please be safe and responsible, and only use your boat on your local waters and only to the extent and for the purposes permitted by government agencies.
We will endeavour to update you if this information changes and as new information becomes available.