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No fishing - that’s official

The Angling Trust has said that during the current restrictions on movement and isolation in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic that we should not go fishing.
In its latest press release, the Trust says “We must all do what is required of us by the Government and work together to fight this pandemic. Therefore until further notice we should all refrain from fishing. This is about saving lives and supporting the NHS”.

Current restrictions, which have closed fisheries countrywide, announced by the Government on Monday, March 23, outlined that the only permitted activities are walking, running and cycling for the purpose of local daily exercise.

Whilst the Angling Trust and fishermen argue that going fishing can both solitary and good exercise, and a benefit to health and well-being, it is not deemed to qualify as a bona fide reason for being outside.
“We have written to the Sports Minister highlighting the benefits to both physical health and mental wellbeing that angling provides and that we are ready and prepared to offer whatever support the government or Sport England require now or in the future to get people back fishing as soon as is safely possible”, said Jamie Cook, the new CEO of the Trust.

In its letter to the government, the Trust expressed hope that, after the current three-week clampdown, if it proves successful, it hoped restrictions on angling might then be lifted.
Meanwhile, there was some good news for allotmenteers. Michael Gove MP stated this morning that going to and tending your allotment was considered exercise and therefore allowable under the current more stringent rules for slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

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