Boaties across the Gold Coast are being assured they still can take their boats out, but only for essential purposes.
There has been plenty of confusion in the local boating industry about what was allowed and what wasn’t during the current coronavirus crisis.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says people can still take their boats out in local waters to fish or to travel for essential reasons.
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But the rule of only having gatherings of two people will apply on boats as well, meaning no boat parties for the foreseeable future.
“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.”
But Mr Bailey stressed that in accordance with the Chief Health Officer’s advice, people should only be leaving their home for essential reasons anyway.
“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.”
“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.”
It’s understood maritime bosses are considering some further restrictions including a possible ban on jet skis.