Monday 25th of May 2020

some confusion about fishing...


Anglers and boaties hoping to escape to the sea for a break this Easter need to think again.

Key points:
  • Recreational boating is out under Federal Government restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus
  • Boating or fishing for "essential purposes" is allowed, such as travelling to work, buying supplies, or providing for families
  • Rescue services are made up of many older volunteers, who are at risk during rescue operations


New Federal Government restrictions for coronavirus implemented on Sunday night mean recreational boating and fishing for leisure is no longer permitted.

Only those boating and fishing for "essential purposes" is allowed, including travelling to work, to get provisions from the shops, or those providing for their families.

Authorities say the restrictions will help protect the community, particularly those in rescue services, who have still been responding to jobs amid the pandemic.


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the 2-metre rule and other specifications...

The Federal Government's announcement that gatherings had been limited to two people sounded straightforward enough, but it has caused some confusion.

With debates over what is essential vs non-essential, and what constitutes family, the actions you have to take may vary depending on where you live.

What did the Federal Government say?

On Sunday, Scott Morrison said indoor and outdoor gatherings could not be bigger than two people, with the exception of:

  • People of the same household gathering together
  • Funerals, where a maximum of 10 people can gather
  • Weddings, where there can be up to five people
  • Family units, which is understood to mean immediate family

The National Cabinet also gave "strong guidance" for all Australians to stay home unless people were:

  • Shopping for "food and necessary supplies"
  • Providing medical, healthcare or compassionate services (i.e. taking on the role of a carer)
  • Exercising in a group of two or the size of your household
  • Working or studying if they could not do so remotely

There was also "strong advice" for people to self-isolate at home as much as humanly possible if they were 70 or older, 60-plus with existing health conditions, or an Indigenous person older than 50.

The Prime Minister's statement stipulated that states and territories could decide whether these new measures would remain heavily advised or legally enforced.


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no revolution allowed in the new normal...

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says social distancing measures will remain a fact of life amid the coronavirus pandemic until a vaccine is found as the number of new cases continues to stabilise.

"That is the new normal," Ms Berejiklian said on Tuesday. "Not having physical contact, socially distancing is, at the very minimum, a way of life for us. Because we have to be honest with ourselves - until a vaccine is found, there is no simple way to deal with this issue."


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