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COVID-19 Boating Update for NSW

View the latest information about Public Health Orders.

Jan 2021 Boating Update

  • Recreational boating is permitted.
  • If those onboard are members of the same household, there are no further rules which apply.
  • If those onboard are not members of the same household they should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others, as much as possible.
  • Remember to practice good personal hygiene.
  • Avoid crowding at boat ramps and follow social distancing rules.
  • Northern Beaches residents are to follow the restrictions for Greater Sydney.
  • Recreational boaters should keep across the requirements in the Public Health Orders, updates can be found on the NSW website.
  • A face mask must be worn on public transport, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail and in public transport waiting areas in Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas.

Commercial vessel operators

  • Capacity on commercial vessels must not exceed one customer per four (2) square metres of publicly accessible space. This requirement does not apply to commercial vessels with 25 customers (including children) or less on board.
  • Vessels used for hosting functions or commercial tours must have developed and comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan that addresses the matters in the Commercial vessels (including tours, functions, parties or similar recreational activities) and party buses checklist.
  • All crew and staff on commercial vessels which are hospitality venues are required to wear face masks.

Onshore activities

When onshore, observe the current guidelines and restrictions for the area you’re in. 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 lookout and proceeding at a safe speed.

Further information about what you can and can't do is available on What you can and can't do under the rules.

Reporting a breach of restrictions

NSW Police is the relevant enforcement authority for the Public Health Orders.

To report a breach of COVID-19 restrictions contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report via the Crime Stoppers website.