The Boating Industry Association has welcomed the relaxation of restrictions on recreational boating in NSW following encouraging signs of containment of COVID-19.
Darren Vaux, BIA President, thanked the NSW Premier and Health Minister for their support for boating.
"Recreational boating in NSW is on the road to recovery," Mr Vaux said. "The State Government today confirmed that members of a household can go out boating in all forms of recreational craft which importantly includes the most popular type of boat ... the family runabout.
"This means a typical family household can go out together as there does not need to be four square metres of space for each person onboard.
"Meanwhile people who are not from the same household can also go recreational boating but should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others, as is reasonably practicable.
"The Boating Industry Association welcomes this news for the boating public, businesses and jobs while maintaining a conservative approach to the protection of public health and safety.
"It has been proven that recreational boating in all its forms is good for both mental and physical health and is a low-risk activity that can be enjoyed whilst adhering to physical distancing and hygiene rules," Mr Vaux said.