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Coronavirus restrictions: Melbourne and regional Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

From 11:59pm on Sunday 8 November 2020 you can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne, and the 25km limit no longer applies.

You can now go boating and fishing throughout Victoria.

Boat ramps and jetties are open. If you’re at a ramp or jetty, you must adhere to physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres.

Marine businesses with COVIDSafe Plans are open and must have the four square metre rule and cleaning requirements in place. For more information visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/business-and-work

Learn more about the roadmap for reopening and current restrictions at coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Stay up to date with the latest health advice by visiting the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website

Coronavirus Restrictions: Victorian Travel Permit System

Victoria has established a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria.

From 5:59pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia.

The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk.

The type of permit that you require will depend on where you have been.

The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel.

It is an offence to provide misleading information, with fines of up to $1,652.

Apply online for a permit: https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

NSW border community residents are exempt from obtaining a permit to enter Victoria. If you are a resident, you will be able to enter Victoria without a permit, but you must carry photo ID and proof of your address.​

For more information about Victorian Travel Permit System please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

FAQs:

I live in Victoria, can I go boating on the Murray River?

Entry into Victoria is now restricted and a permit system is in place.

Victorians can access the Murray River for boating providing they enter and disembark in Victoria, do not land on the NSW embankment and do not carry people from NSW on the vessel.

I live in Victoria, can I go boating in South Australia?

If you are planning travel to SA, you must complete a cross-border travel registration form regardless of where you are travelling from. Aim to complete and submit this form at least 7 days before you plan to leave.

Effective 12:01am 1 January 2021, anyone who has been in NSW in the preceding 14 days will be prohibited from entering South Australia.

Exceptions to this include essential travellers, returning persons whom normally reside in South Australia and those relocating to South Australia.

Further details on travelling to SA can be found at the SA Police website.

I live in metropolitan Melbourne, can I go boating and fishing?

Yes. You can now go boating and fishing throughout Victoria. You can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne, and the 25km travel limit no longer applies.

Boat ramps and jetties are open. When boating, you need to keep a 1.5 metres away from anyone you do not live with.

Everyone must continue to adhere to physical distancing and other restrictions.

I live in metropolitan Melbourne, can I travel to regional Victoria to go boating and fishing?

Yes. You can now go boating and fishing throughout Victoria. You can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne, and the 25km travel limit no longer applies.

I live in regional Victoria, can I travel to go boating and fishing in Metropolitan Melbourne?

Yes. You can now go boating and fishing throughout Victoria. You can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

Do I have to wear a face mask when I’m at the boat ramp?

From 11:59pm Sunday 22 November, face masks are no longer required when you are outdoors and where it is possible to stay more than 1.5 metres away from people.

Use of fitted face masks remain mandatory if you are unable to stay further than 1.5 metres away from people not in your household, such as when you’re at a busy boat ramp.

You must continue to carry a face mask when leaving your home.

Learn more about wearing face masks in Victoria.

Do I have to wear a face mask when I’m on a boat?

From 11:59pm Sunday 22 November, face masks are no longer required when you are outdoors and where it is possible to stay more than 1.5 metres away from others.

You must wear a fitted face mask if you cannot stay further than 1.5 metres away from people who do not live in your household. You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times.

Can I go boating in a group?

Yes. You can go boating by yourself, members of your household and other individuals who are not in your household if you can maintain at least 1.5 metre distance from other participants. You should wear a fitted face mask when you are outdoors and cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Where possible you should minimise the sharing of equipment. You must clean and disinfect shared equipment between users.

Can I take a mate on my Personal Watercraft (PWC)?

No. People who do not live in your household are not permitted on your PWC because physical distancing of 1.5 metres between individuals can’t be maintained on these vessels.

What if I own a private jetty /boat ramp – does this apply to me?

For those that live in Melbourne and regional Victoria, recreational activities including boating and fishing are currently permitted including use of private boat ramps and jetties

Can I still commercially boat and fish?

Yes, commercial boating and fishing is exempt from this restriction, including aquaculture, shipping, public transport (ferries), commercial operations such as maritime construction and dredging and emergency access.

Charter fishing operations are not exempt.

How will you be enforcing these restrictions?

Authorised officers will be speaking to people they see out on the water.

There are significant penalties for those that do not follow the rules. The police are able to enforce these rules by way of an on-the-spot infringement.

Breaches of the restrictions including physical distancing and mass gathering rules now attract significant penalties.

Victoria Police can issue on-the-spot fines of up to $4,957 for individuals and up to $9,913 for Victorian businesses for failing to comply.

Which local recreational boating sites are closed?

All metropolitan Melbourne and regional public boat ramps, piers, jetties, and other marine infrastructure that supports recreational boating are open.

Can I move my moored, anchored or berthed vessel?

For emergency purposes it may be permitted to move a moored, anchored or berthed vessel. An emergency purpose includes a boat sinking or to repair damage that would cause a boat to sink.

Only a registered transport operator with a COVID Safe Plan can transport a vessel by land and interstate. Moving recreational vessels by water across state boundaries will still require a permit. Visit Business Victoria for more information: business.vic.gov.au

Can I get my boat or trailer inspected or serviced?

Yes. Marine and boating maintenance businesses with COVIDSafe Plans are open, and must have the four square metre rule and cleaning requirements in place. For more information visit the Business Victoria website www.business.vic.gov.au.

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