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Old 16-03-2020, 14:30   #1
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Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

Does anyone know whether being on your boat in coastal waters with a cold counts as self-isolation?
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Old 16-03-2020, 14:42   #2
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

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Does anyone know whether being on your boat in coastal waters with a cold counts as self-isolation?
I think this would be location dependant. Different authorities will have different definitions of what self-isolation entails.

What country are you inquiring about?
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Old 16-03-2020, 15:16   #3
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

How could it not?!! Who are you going to infect out there?
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Old 16-03-2020, 15:23   #4
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

Are you prepared to stay on the boat, and not return to a marina for two weeks? If so, then IMHO you would be self-isolating. However, if you need to return to shore for fuel, provisions, or need for human companionship, then you are not self-isolating.


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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

Perhaps the following Australian medical definitions will help.

If you have a cold/flu symptoms or have been potentially exposed to the Corona virus but have no symptoms, you should be in quarantine.

If you have tested positive but not sick enough to need a hospitable bed, you should self-isolate. You shouldn't be using any boat/home facility (kitchens, bathrooms etc) that is used by others. It is similar to an isolation ward in a hospital!

Both require you not interact with other people (including close family members).

Social distancing is for everyone else.

Cruising or anchored out and not coming ashore seems like it should comply with social distancing and quarantine requirements but I wonder if it would be a suitable option for self-isolation if using the above terminology as a guide.
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Old 18-03-2020, 14:50   #6
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

Yes it does!
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

What happens if you become too sick to sail back to your slip? Who will be put at risk going out to get you and your boat back home? If you self isolate in a marina you can walk to the ambulance or even to the cockpit and the stretcher crew will not have to go down below to carry you out. If you are prepared to abandon your vessel it probably won’t matter as long as you can get up on deck. Of course this assumes you have a VHF with the range to call for help.
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

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Does anyone know whether being on your boat in coastal waters with a cold counts as self-isolation?
Self isolation for 14 days. On a boat Hummm. How do you prove that you were isolated?
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Old 18-03-2020, 17:20   #9
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

Make sure you are well provisioned for when you come to shore and are told the two week clock starts when you tie up.
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

Ask the customs and border patrol agents at the harbor you depart from or are planning to disembark at for guidance. The only answer to your question that counts is the official answer at the time you wish to break quarantine and request free pratique.
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Old 18-03-2020, 20:45   #11
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

To a limited extent, yes. But the moment you go ashore to re-provision, the 14 days start over at day one.

That said, a number of people with boats have quietly provisioned them, and plan to be living on the hook, well away from others, but not far from help if things go pear shaped. They think it is the best they can do.

Some people, who find themselves without jobs are going to live with loved ones in other states, while the states' boundaries are still open. I would expect a fairly total lock down soon, as we are on the front of the case expansion curve.

People are using internet and phone for contact with friends, as it is better than nothing. Some are picking up hobbies. It is up to us to entertain ourselves.

Some people are still doing the biochemical work it will take to help more folks survive. Honestly, I think a quiet hats off! to them, and to all the emergency services that are working, and to the people manning the grocery stores and their supply, is in order.

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Old 18-03-2020, 21:39   #12
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

In the south of France they have eliminated all questions on this aspect.
No pleasure craft will be allowed in French waters.
Problem solved.
I happen to be in Sydney, so better of here then home, close to the Italian border.
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

Just ask yourself if parking in a motor home would be allowed or if it would be considered non essential recreational travel. How are you different are you?
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Re: Covid-19. Does sailing count as self-isolation ?

Is going out for a day sail non-essential travel or is it exercise? Serious question.
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Is going out for a day sail non-essential travel or is it exercise? Serious question.

Hard to say. Do you have your own dock or a private mooring?

I think the issue would be whether getting down to your marina/club would involve a number of unnecessary social contacts with others, or non-essential travel when that's prohibited.

I feel you, btw; we're struggling with whether our club can launch all our boats at the end of April. It's usually a two-day blitz.
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