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Welsh anglers gain more freedom

The Welsh government has made changes to restrictions on angling as from March 12, 2021. The Welsh Level 4 alert continues, but with the latest three-weekly review anglers can go fishing, and driving to fishing is now allowed.

The latest changes to angling include:

• From March 13, driving to fishing is allowed, but only under the 'stay local' advisory. Although this generally means anglers should stay within the previously stipulated five-mile distance from home, there is now flexibility to travel further for people living in rural areas.
The Angling Trust advice to anglers is to fish the nearest suitable local venue – for example, do not pass a venue in favour of another one further away.

• In addition, commercial fisheries (classed as outdoor sports facilities) will be able to re-open from Saturday, March 13.
Angling Trust advise anglers to ensure before fishing that the venue, fishery or angling club has decided to re-open, and they have acquired appropriate tickets or club membership (Be aware that  some Welsh Water reservoirs may remain closed).

• No competitions should take place. A maximum of four adults from two households only can meet outside.

• Welsh tackle shops will be able to re-open on April 12 (until then click-and-collect services and mail order can continue).

• It is anticipated that self-contained accommodation in Wales will be able to reopen for Welsh residents only from March 29, provided Covid-case rates remain low.

• Welsh Anglers should not travel to England to fish, or take part in competitions in England. Conversely, anglers from England should not travel into Wales to fish or go on an angling holiday at this current time.

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