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COVID-19 Recreational Boating Guidelines

The Premier has announced that Stage 2 restrictions have been lifted from 3pm on Friday, 5 June 2020.

Are there any restrictions on boating and fishing?

No – all restrictions have been lifted. This means you are able to launch your boat from any municipality and also stay overnight.

How many people can I have on my boat?

Gatherings limits, physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people, or the 4m2 rule are not required in relation to private boats. While specific restrictions around the number of people permitted on a boat do not apply, boats are typically designed with recommended capacity limits, and these should be adhered to.

If you are boating alone, please ensure you tell someone where you are going, wear the kill switch cord and a life jacket.  

What procedures should I put in place when using my boat?

Maintain personal hygiene at all times.

Apply a common-sense approach when using your boat – physically distance from others where practicable

Can boating be undertaken to obtain a recreational motor boat licence?

Training to obtain a recreational motor boat licence can be undertaken. There are a number of Accredited Training Providers who run these courses and their status regarding COVID-19 restrictions are listed on the MAST website: These accredited training providers will be able to provide further guidance around the individual restrictions they have in place for boating courses and assessments.