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Coronavirus restrictions: Melbourne and regional Victoria

The Victorian Government recently announced a roadmap to reopening Victoria via safe, steady and sustainable steps.

From 11:59pm on Sunday 18 October 2020, individuals can go boating and fishing (powered and unpowered) within 25 km of their residence and no time limit applies.

Metropolitan Melbourne

 

  • Boat ramps and jetties are open. If you’re at a ramp or jetty, you must adhere to physical distancing of at least 1.5m.
  • Group limits of 10 people from two households apply, and you must wear a fitted face mask at all times, unless you have a lawful reason not to.  A fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas, or scarves on their own will no longer be acceptable.
  • Boating maintenance is permitted with marine and specialist mechanics able to operate as required for the safe operation of boats. This means that people can take their boats and trailers to businesses that provide boating safety inspections, necessary servicing and maintenance services within 25 km of their residence, unless the nearest service provider is further than this.
  • The border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria remains in place. People from metropolitan Melbourne cannot enter regional Victoria unless they have a permitted reason and vice-versa. Recreation such as boating is not a permitted reason for travelling across the border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
  • Marine 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.

Commercial shipping, commercial boating, land, port and waterway management functions and emergency access are exempt from these restrictions.

  • Staying safe is more important than ever. So please, keep wearing a mask, keep maintaining your distance – and if you feel sick, get tested and stay home.
  • Learn more about the roadmap for reopening and current restrictions: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au
  • Stay up to date with the latest health advice by visiting the DHHS website: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

 

Regional Victoria

In regional Victoria, recreational activities including boating and fishing are currently permitted and boat ramps and jetties remain open.

From 11:59pm on 16 September 2020, regional Victoria is in the Third Step of the Regional Roadmap with no restrictions on reasons to leave home.

  • Recreational activities including boating and fishing are currently permitted in regional Victoria and boat ramps and jetties remain open.
  • From 11:59pm on 16 September 2020, there are no restrictions on the distance you can travel to go boating and fishing, however regional Victorians cannot enter an area with higher restrictions, i.e. metropolitan Melbourne.
  • Up to ten people can gather outdoors to take part in outdoor recreation (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap).
  • When boating, you need to keep a 1.5 metre distance from others, unless you are a household or partners.
  • You cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne for exercise or recreational activities.
  • Everyone must wear a fitted face mask when they leave home, unless a lawful exemption applies, and continue to practice physical distancing and good hygiene. A fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas, or scarves on their own will no longer be acceptable.
  • To stay up to date with the latest health advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
  • For information about the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions Roadmap, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Boating and fishing on the Murray River and Lake Mulwala

The NSW Government has updated its border controls with Victoria as at 28 September 2020.

All Victorian residents who are not covered by Victorian Area Direction or a coronavirus (COVID-19) Area of Concern (as specified by the Victorian Chief Health Officer) are able to use the Murray River as long as they do not disembark on the NSW side of the river.

Victorian border residents holding Border Entry Permits may still alight in NSW.

You can find further information regarding boating on the Victoria-NSW border here.

FAQs:

I live in metropolitan Melbourne. Can I go fishing?

Yes, individuals are able to go fishing in metropolitan Melbourne.

This activity is required to be undertaken within 25km of your home and no time limit applies.

Everyone must wear a fitted face mask covering your nose and mouth when they leave home, unless a lawful exemption applies. A fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas, or scarves on their own will no longer be acceptable.

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

I live in metropolitan Melbourne. Can I go boating?

Yes, individuals are able to go boating (powered and unpowered).

This activity is required to be undertaken within 25km of your home and no time limit applies. You must maintain physical distance and group limits apply.

Everyone must wear a fitted face mask covering your nose and mouth when they leave home, unless a lawful exemption applies. A fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas, or scarves on their own will no longer be acceptable.

Commercial shipping, commercial boating, land, port and waterway management functions and emergency access are exempt from these restrictions.

If I live in metropolitan Melbourne, can I travel outside of the metro area to go boating and fishing?

No. The metropolitan border will remain in place while there are different settings between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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.

I live in regional Victoria, can I go boating and fishing?

Yes. For those that live in regional Victoria, recreational activities including boating and fishing are currently permitted and boat ramps and jetties remain open in regional areas.

From 11:59pm 16 September 2020, regional Victoria is in the Third Step of the Regional Roadmap with no restrictions on reasons to leave home. In addition, there will be no restrictions on the distance you can travel to go boating and fishing, however you cannot enter an area with higher restrictions i.e. metropolitan Melbourne.

Up to ten people can gather outdoors to take part in outdoor recreation (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap).

When boating, you need to keep a 1.5 metres distance from others, unless you are a household or partners.
You cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne for exercise or recreational activities.

Everyone must wear a fitted face mask covering your nose and mouth when they leave home, unless a lawful exemption applies. A fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas, or scarves on their own will no longer be acceptable.

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

Yes. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you must comply with these rules even if you own a private jetty or boat ramp.

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

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 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.

But only registered transport operator with a COVID Safe Plan and Permitted worker permit can transport a vessel by land.

Can I get my boat or trailer inspected or serviced?

Boating maintenance is permitted with marine and specialist mechanics able to operate as required for the safe operation of boats. This means that people can take their boats and trailers to businesses that provide boating safety inspections, necessary servicing and maintenance services within 25 km of their residence, unless the nearest service provider is further than this.

The border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria remains in place. People from metropolitan Melbourne cannot enter regional Victoria unless they have a permitted reason and vice-versa. Recreation such as boating is not a permitted reason for travelling across the border between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Marine 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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