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Commercial vessels (including tours, functions, parties or similar recreational activities) and party buses

Resources and guidance on how to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your commercial vessel or party bus, including tours, functions, parties or similar recreational activities.

Party buses are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan

Owners and operators of party buses are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

This safety plan must include the checklist items from the COVID-19 Safety Plan for commercial vessels.

A party bus is a vehicle being used on a commercial basis for the purposes of a party, whether or not the party takes place during transportation between locations.

Electronic check-in is mandatory

Patron check-in for commercial vessels or party buses  must be completed using electronic methods  such as a QR code.

The Service NSW COVID Safe Check-in is strongly recommended as a free, secure and convenient system, but any electronic method that meets the record keeping requirements can be used.

How many people are allowed

Full details are provided in the physical distancing section of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.


Activity Maximum capacity summary

Capacity on commercial vessels and party buses must not exceed one customer per 2 square metres of publicly accessible space.

COVID-19 Safety Plans are mandatory

Under Public Health Orders all commercial vessels operating tours, functions, parties or similar recreational activities and party buses must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Businesses should also consider the benefits of registering as COVID Safe.

Complete the plan in consultation with staff, then share it with them.

Keep your plan up to date

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

You will need to have an up to date plan at your premises at all times and be able to show it to an authorised officer if requested.

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

You can either:

  • use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters for commercial vessels (including tours, functions, parties or similar recreational activities) and party buses
  • keep using your existing plan, if you have one, after making sure it includes all the items in the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan


Things to note:

Register as a COVID Safe business

If you've completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register as COVID Safe.

Register as a COVID Safe business


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