BACK ON THE WATER: Boating Industry Association welcomes relaxation of restrictions

This week The State Government confirmed that members of the same household can go out boating. The relaxation of the restrictions covers all forms of recreational craft including jet skis and the humble tinny.

“This means a typical family household can go out together as there does not need to be 4 square metres of space for each person on board,” The Boating Industry Association President Darren Vaux said.

People who are not from the same household can also enjoy recreational boating but should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others, as is reasonably practicable.

The Boating Industry Association says they have worked hard with the NSW Health Minister to sign off on an exemption to the Public Health Order (COVID-19) Restrictions on Gathering and Movement which allows members of the same household to use their recreational vessel for all on-water activities even if the vessel does not allow for four square metres of space per person.

“Reactivating boating will also start to repair the boating industry, which is closely aligned to tourism and discretionary spending, and is hurting with staff layoffs and business closures as a result of the pandemic.”

Tips for safe and responsible boating

Ensure the weather and sea conditions are suitable

Make sure your safety gear is complete and in-date

Tell someone where you are going and your estimated time of return

Wear a lifejacket

Be COVID Safe and follow physical distancing, gathering and hygiene advice

Written by Newcastle Live

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