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Fishing to resume in Scotland from tomorrow

Nicola Sturgeon today confirmed that fishing in Scotland can resume, as from tomorrow (Friday, May 29). In confirming that Scotland had maintained an infection rate (R Number) below 1 for the last three weeks, the First Minister said certain outdoor activities could re-start, and she specifically mentioned fishing as one of the sports that could re-start, as it was a non-contact outdoor leisure activities which enabled participants to stay two metres apart at all times. The other sports mentioned were golf, tennis and bowls.

Alongside this first easing of the lockdown rules comes the government recommendation that only walking and cycling should “preferably” be used to access such activities, with the government’s over-riding message being to still to stay at home. Government guidelines refer to a  five-mile radius travel maximum, although it was not a fixed distance in law. It is something the First Minister refers to as ’The five-mile rule’. However, she told Scots to use their judgement “if you need to use another bathroom [apart from your own] then it’s too far”. There will still be no travel to islands unless it’s essential.

In making the announcement, she said that the virus had a lower risk of spreading out of doors, hence to sports which were in Phase One of the easing. Outdoor work will also resume, along with site preparation in the construction industry, and garden centres, nurseries and household recycling centres.

Social meetings will also now be allowable from tomorrow. One household will be able to meet with another household (per day) providing they meet outside and the gathering numbers eight or less. With hot weather forecasted, she also announced that it was now allowable to sit and sunbathe. However, she warned of her “nervousness” of large gatherings on beaches and in parks, which could result in the infection rate rising quickly. “Crowds bring more risk,” she said, “If it is crowded use your judgement and go somewhere else”.

The First Minister anticipates many BBQs this weekend, and recommends reading the guidance before doing so; the main message being stay outdoors, and each household to bring their own separate food, cutlery, plates, etc, and not to enter any house, other than their own.

From now onwards, Scotland will operate a ‘Test, Trace, Isolate’ campaign against the virus. Anyone showing symptoms is advised to take an immediate test, and then self-isolate for 14 days.

To book a test: https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/test-and-protect

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