According to the NSW State Government Public Health Order, people should stay at home unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’. In terms of boating, the State Government has defined reasonable excuse as (https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/covid-19-update.html):

  1. exercise (e.g. kayaking/sailing/paddling etc);
  2. fish;
  3. get to and from work, where the work cannot reasonably be performed from home;
  4. get groceries; and
  5. provide assistance, care or support to an immediate member of the person’s family.

Generally, the NSW State Government have also said that people should stay at home at all times, unless for the following reasons (https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/public-health-orders):

  1. work (where you can’t work remotely);
  2. school or an educational institution;
  3. shop for food and essentials;
  4. get medical care or supplies; or
  5. exercise.

Given this advice from the NSW State Government, it is likely that, unless the family intends to use the charter any one of the above “reasonable excuses”, the family would not be abiding by the government’s Public Health Order.

However, as the NSW Police are responsible for the enforcement of this order, we would recommend that you contact the NSW Police Assistance Line on 131 444 to seek their opinion on the matter.

We would encourage you to access the most up-to-date advice from the Australian Government on supports and assistance available to people in our community. To stay up-to-date with the latest information about coronavirus, please go to https://www.australia.gov.au/ or download the Australian Government Coronavirus app (Apple App Store and Google Play Store).