COVID-19 boating update

NSW Maritime – COVID-19 Boating Update

From 14 May 2020, NSW Government Public Health Orders have been updated which eases some of the previous restrictions across NSW. View the latest information about Public Health Orders and restrictions.

All recreational boating is permitted, however, the skipper must still ensure there is four square metres of space for each person on board.
People should still only boat locally and always remember to practice good personal hygiene.
Commercial Vessels

Commercial and charter vessels may operate but must ensure they are operating with the restrictions associated with their category of business and the required distancing requirements.

Onshore activities

When onshore, do not gather with more than 10 people unless with members of the same household. This applies in any public place, such as a wharf or publicly accessible vessel.

Skippers must also remember their other safety responsibilities regarding safety equipment, alcohol consumption, keeping a proper look out and proceeding at a safe speed.
For further information, read What you can and can’t do under the rules.
Information about boat ramps

All boat ramps in NSW are managed by local councils, the National Parks and Wildlife Service or WaterNSW – with the exception of four ramps managed by Transport for NSW at Carrington, North Stockton, South Stockton and Port Kembla.
Contact your local council for more information about specific boat ramps. There are no current plans to close the ramps managed by Transport for NSW.

Reporting a breach of restrictions

NSW Police is the relevant enforcement authority for the Public Health Order and will use discretion to assess whether community members are breaching the restrictions.
To report a breach contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report via the Crime Stoppers website.

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