The English 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”. 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.” 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.
© 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 duringlockdown 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.
The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply. The Government has recognized that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space) attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services If you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
Anglers will need to apply common sense and judgement in defining their local area rather than fixating on parish boundaries. Camping, chalet accommodation, clubhouses or social facilities of any kind cannot open though onsite toilets with appropriate hand sanitizing can remain in place.
The regulation requires the closure of “outdoor sports grounds or facilities”; if you are concerned that this might apply to your fishery you should seek specific advice. This will apply to most fisheries either commercially managed or operated by clubs that are open to members of the public.
Advise customers that they must be wearing masks while queuing and observe social distances. Allocate arrival times to avoid a crowd accumulating outside and advise all customers that only local travel is permitted.
Follow all recommended precautions regarding cleaning surfaces which may be touched and PPE for staff and customers. You may want to restrict business to electronic payments only in advance of collections to avoid handling cash.
“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.
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. It is down to us to follow these guidelines, so angling can remain one of the few pastimes allowed during the current lockdown, ” added Andy.
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.
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. 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.
“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 op enduring the lockdown so that people can still buy and repair bikes and their components, they want that logic to extend to fishing tackle shops.
Clubs and fisheries should also minimize contact with gates, locks, boats and catch-return boxes and regularly clean any items that will be handled by anglers.