The Angling Trust are set to publish full guidance following successful talks, but did not leave entirely satisfied after admitting the new rules are “more complicated than we had hoped”. “It can take place, without time limits, within the provision allowing people to visit a public outdoor space.
© Provided by The Independent Fishing has been given a reprieve from the Government and will be able to continue during the second nationwide lockdown. Angling is now set to be the only grassroots and recreational activity permitted during the next month.
Though anglers will only be permitted to fish with one other person from outside their family or support ‘bubble’. The Government has insisted competitive match-fishing will be forbidden during lockdown following Tuesday’s discussions with the Angling Trust, the national governing body that represents all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England.
Anglers have been encouraged to “focus on their local beaches and fishing marks”, while freshwater anglers must avoid travelling hundreds of miles in search of fishing, with “common sense” and “acting within the spirit of the government’s advice” required, including the Rule of Two. Fishing tackle shops and all indoor and social facilities connected with the sport are still required to close from Thursday.
But the government’s decision will increase pressure from sports such as golf, tennis and archery, who have all appealed over the last week for a reprieve. The Angling Trust are set to publish full guidance following successful talks, but did not leave entirely satisfied after admitting the new rules are “more complicated than we had hoped”.
“It can take place, without time limits, within the provision allowing people to visit a public outdoor space. We believe this clearly includes riverbanks, towpaths, beaches and still-waters that can either be accessed freely or on the payment of a day ticket or subscription levied by the owner or leased to a publicly available fishing association.
“Fisheries are not on the published list of businesses that the government has ordered to close and there is no reason that they should do so providing that they operate in accordance with the rules.” The Angling Trust has already distributed guidance on fishing’s return and has told the estimated two million active anglers across the country that they now have a responsibility “to act as ambassadors” for their sport.
“If we fish safely we will continue to support the national effort to combat Covid-19 transmission while being able to enjoy our wonderful sport,” said Jamie Cook, the chief executive of the Angling Trust. The Angling Trust estimates that the sport is worth £4 billion annually to the UK economy and, just as cycling shops have remained open during the lockdown so that people can still buy and repair bikes and their components, they want that logic to extend to fishing tackle shops.
Tackle shops are also unsure of the ‘click and collect’ rules so some are offering the service and other are totally shutting down as non-essential shops can’t legally trade as normal for the four-week lockdown. “The regulations are clear, and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual.
“Angling is deemed a permissible form of ‘outdoor recreation’, and a lawful reason to leave home. It can take place, without time limits, within the provision allowing people ‘to visit a public outdoor space for the purposes of open air recreation’.
“Fisheries are not on the published list of businesses that the government has ordered to close and there is no reason that they should do so providing that they operate in accordance with the rules All indoor or social facilities in any way connected with a fishing venue must close or refer to the relevant Government guidance.
“There are no limits on the time that can be spent on outdoor recreation which means that anglers are able to continue fishing into and through the hours of darkness providing the other rules are observed,” it concluded. Trust chief executive Jamie Cook is hopes angling will be allowed throughout any extended lockdown period over the forthcoming months, if the government keep lockdown conditions in place longer than the original planned 28 days, especially after they announced the furlough job scheme will continue until the end of March 2021.
But England’s biggest and most popular carp complex Linear Fisheries near Oxford is stopping night fishing as a precautionary Covid-safe measure on their 500-plus swims. Based on this uncertainty, from Friday we will be operating the complex as a day-only fishery (no night fishing), this will be until further notice or the end of lock-down.
Stay safe and let’s get through the next month and hope we can all get back to some sort of normality in December,” added Blunt. And Beaver Fishery near East Gr instead, West Sussex, are keeping all their eight lakes open for day and night fishing but are closing their onsite tackle shop.
“As stated in the Angling Trust’s guidance, you can only fish with members of your own household, someone in your support bubble or with only one other person. “Usual COVID-19 restrictions apply, social distancing, regular handwashing and not gathering in groups must be adhered to.
And fisheries, tackle shops and charter boats in Wales will be able to operate, subject to Welsh Government COVID-19 guidance. For anglers this means competitions can take place within Wales, with up to 30 participants (subject to social distancing rules).
An Angling Scotland Limited statement explained: “There can be no guarantee that more restrictions won’t be needed in the coming weeks and months. Public health and well-being remains the most pressing priority, and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to continue to suppress the spread of the virus.
Northern Ireland had their own strict four-week lockdown from October 16, 2021, that included pubs and restaurants closing, but angling is allowed during this mini-lockdown. Inland fisheries Ireland have confirmed angling is allowed for individuals in a second strict Irish lockdown until December 1, 2020, as long as people stay local as fishing is regarded an outdoor exercise.
A list of so-called “essential retail outlets” that will be allowed to stay open during the coronavirus outbreak has been published by the Government. People have been told to stay at home in virtually all circumstances and all public and private gatherings have been banned for two weeks as part of the latest sweeping measures to tackle coronavirus.
Non-essential shops and services have been closed and the National Public Health Emergency Team has “recommended that all non-essential retail outlets will close to members of the public and all other retail outlets are to implement physical distancing.” Retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages and newspapers in nonspecialized and specialized stores.
Retail sale of safety supply stores (work clothes, personal protective equipment, for example). People can only be let into the store in small groups and retailers must make sure the shop is not crowded.
The store also has to manage the queues inside and outside the door to ensure necessary physical distance. The Government is encouraging all the essential retailers to provide online services where possible to minimize footfall.
The list of essential workers exempted from the provisions, to be published today, includes those in healthcare, social care, the public and civil service, utilities, necessary goods (food and medicine), financial services, transport and communications, it is understood. Shops selling essential items may continue to operate throughout the lockdown, as long as Covid-19 secure measures are in place.
Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centers, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses Funeral directors Launderettes and dry cleaners Medical and dental services Vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals Market stalls selling essential retail (such as food and garden supplies) The most recent guidance, published on January 4, states: ‘Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeward stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods.
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