In the wake of the new restrictions of no more than two people congregating at a time and the ban on sporting activities, Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey has clarified the rules for boaties during the COVID-19 crisis
“If you own a boat and want to head out in the water in your local community to fish for food this weekend, you can,” Mr Bailey said.
“If you need your boat to travel locally in your community, you can still do that.
“If you want to head out on your kayak or stand up paddle board for exercise, you still can.
“State Government boat ramps will remain open to boaties.
“We want people to continue living their lives as normally as possible under the current circumstances, but the advice of the Chief Health Officer needs to be followed.
“No one should be leaving their home unless it’s absolutely necessary.”
Mr Bailey said recent national directives limiting public gatherings to two people or less and limiting travel to essential purposes still applied.
“This isn’t a special rule to let people out on the water for non-essential reasons this weekend,” Mr Bailey said.
“There’s no reason for anyone to be taking the boat out unless it’s for essential travel to get to work, to and from your home, to local shops for provisions or catching fish for your family.
“Even then, there should be no more than two people, or immediate family members on board, and the social distancing rules everyone is being asked to follow still apply.
“Boaties should also be mindful of hygiene when putting boats in the water at public facilities.”
Mr Bailey encouraged boaties to continue monitoring the national health advice on COVID-19.
“As the nation works together to stop the spread of the virus, there is new advice daily.
“Boaties should be aware of the current restrictions on boat use, and be prepared for that advice to change again, should tougher rules to limit public movements and interaction come in.”
Some of the new rules that have come into effect that may effect boaties include:
Public gatherings such as fishing are limited to 2 people (other than your direct household).
If you do choose to go fishing, stay close to home.
Keep a distance of 1.5 m from others and practice good hygiene, especially when fuelling up and at boat ramps.
Boaties should also be mindful of hygiene when putting boats in the water at public facilities.
QBFP officers are still patrolling and fishing rules remain in place.
This advice is current as of 31 March 2020 and may change in response to new or amended CHO Health Directions and the government’s response to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Stay up-to-date with accurate, reliable information by visiting www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus