COVID-19: Outdoor activities relating to primary industries


Last updated: 14 Aug 2020 2:10pm

Can I visit a winery and cellar door?

In NSW, cellar doors are no longer limited to a maximum of 50 guests per licence, but the 1 person per 4 square metres and the 1.5 metre social distancing regulations must still be adhered to.

Food and drink premises can now take individual groups bookings of up to 20 customers (previously max of 10). Further details are available on the Service NSW website.

When making plans to visit winery regions, please be aware of the temporary NSW-Victoria border restrictions. For more information about the NSW-Victoria border restrictions see our border crossing information page or visit Service NSW.

Yes. Tastings of wine are permitted by people who are seated at a table and served by a staff member. Max of 50 people in a venue, but must not exceed more than 1 person per 4 square metres and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to.

No. All guests must be seated and adhere to social distancing rules.

No. Not unless you have separate licenses for your Restaurant and Cellar Door.

You can take bookings for groups up to 20 people only.

No. You can only fit 1 person per 4 square metres and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to. This relates to the physical licensed area that the customer is permitted in. E.g. if the customer area is 100 sqm, then only 25 customers are permitted 100/4 = 25.

Staff and contractors are not included in the capacity limit.

From 1 June, the easing of restrictions allowed more businesses to open up, more people to stay in work and more personal freedoms. Regional holidays and other activities are now permitted. For more information on what you can and can’t do, visit the NSW Health website.

For more information visit the NSW Wine website or view the NSW Wine COVIDsafe Guidelines (PDF, 272 KB).

Recreational fishing

Can I go fishing and boating?

NSW Police have advised recreational fishing is permitted, as long as people follow all other advice in relation to social distancing and gathering. It is vital you follow NSW Health guidelines around social distancing.

All recreational boating is permitted.

  • If those onboard are members of the same household, there does not need to be four square metres of space for each person.
  • If those onboard are not members of the same household, they should maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others, as is reasonably practicable.

All fisheries rules and regulations continue to apply in NSW, including licencing and bag and size limits. For more information visit the NSW DPI Fisheries website.

Please work with our fisheries officers to ensure they can carry out their duties while keeping everyone as safe as possible.

For more information on what you can and can’t do, visit the NSW Health website.

Border restrictions on the Murray River

The border between NSW and Victoria on the Murray River is the high-water mark on the southern bank. The river below the high water mark is NSW. Persons venturing past this point enter NSW and the restrictions in the Border Control Order apply.

Recreational fishers living in NSW may continue to boat and fish on the Murray River, but they must stay within NSW waters.

NSW Police are patrolling the area and enforcing border entry requirements. For more information, contact your local police.

See the Service NSW border restrictions page for further information and to apply online for a border entry permit.

COVID Safe charter fishing operations

Charter fishing in NSW

Licenced charter fishing vessels may continue to operate under COVID-19 restrictions. Advice received from NSW Health states that licenced charter fishing operations are considered as essential gatherings and are therefore:

  • exempt from the rule requiring four square metres of space for each person onboard the commercial charter fishing vessel, and
  • must operate under a COVID-19 safety plan (PDF, 222 KB) to ensure customers and workers remain safe.

Visit the DPI website for more information about charter fishing in NSW.

Find out more information on commercial vessels COVID-19 restrictions.

Hunting

Can I go hunting?

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced that from Wednesday 6 May 2020, NSW Restricted Game Hunting Licence (R-Licence) holders with a valid written permission issued by NSW DPI will be allowed back into State forests.

Recreational hunting areas in NSW State Forests were closed last month as part of the State’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Hunters are encouraged to download the federal government’s COVID Safe app, and are reminded that they must continue to observe other COVID-19 restrictions around social distancing, border restrictions and advice provided by the Forestry Corporation of NSW around camping and facilities use.

For more information about the NSW-Victoria border restrictions see our border crossing information page or visit Service NSW.

More information, including how to gain written permission, is available on the NSW DPI Hunting website.

Read more about minimising the spread of COVID-19.

Saleyards

How are saleyard livestock auctions affected by restrictions?

Auction houses that are open to the public for the purpose of conducting an auction for food supply, livestock, fibre or crops or real estate must comply with social distancing guidelines and restrictions on the number of people at premises that are open.

Livestock includes:

(a)  cattle, pigs, goats and sheep,

(b)  camelids, deer or equines (including horses, donkeys, asses, mules and zebras),

(c)  small poultry (being chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quails, pigeons, pheasants or partridges),

(d)  large poultry (being emus or ostriches).

In addition to the above requirements, auction houses that are open to the public for the purpose of conducting an auction for  goods other than food, livestock, fibre or real property (this includes an auction of animals that does not meet the above definition of livestock) must also have a COVID-19 safety plan.

For more information about how to create and follow a COVID-19 Safety Plan, see the Industry guidelines for COVID Safe workplaces developed by the NSW Government to keep workers, visitors and customers safe.

More information on how you can protect workers and others from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by implementing appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures for your workplace can be found on the SafeWork website.

More information

Where should I go for more information?

NSW Department of Primary Industries has established a COVID-19 industry liaison team to help primary producers navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19 on their business and industry.

You can contact our industry liaison team by emailing covidinfo@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Industry groups have produced a wide range of guidance.