Covid lockdown update - angling IS allowed!

The Angling Trust has announced that fishing will be allowed during the latest national Covid 19 lockdown.

In a statement sent out to members and published on its website, AT Chief Executive Jamie Cook said: "The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England.

The statement added: "The DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) Sports Team confirmed the following: 'Fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors'. This has also been confirmed by DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) who said: 'Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling, fishing including sea fishing off private boats, and water sports can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.'"

Jamie Cooke added: "We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government's rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

"Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly on the Angling Trust website:
This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May
We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a 'reasonable excuse' to leave your home or penalties will apply
The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not
Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing
The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever
To remain within the law you should follow the Government's guidance, and only fish locally. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways

We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.

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