Updated 8th January 2021

Joint Statement on COVID-19 restrictions in Wales in relation to shooting

Rural organisations are reminding the shooting community of the importance of following the law and government guidance around Covid restrictions in Wales.

Following today’s further announcement by First Minister Mark Drakeford, restrictions are expected to remain in place until the next review on 29th January.

The purpose of the new tightened restrictions in Wales is to ensure that people stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. You must not leave home or travel unless you have a reasonable excuse.

Public guidance has been published by the Welsh Government here.

Click here to read the guidance for shooting in Wales.

Fishing

Exercise (including fishing) will be allowed, either alone or with members of your household. However according to the Welsh Government regulations exercise should start and finish at home:

”Your exercise should start and finish from your home and generally, this should not involve people driving to a location away from home. However, we recognise that some people, such as those with specific health or mobility issues, may need to travel from their home in order to exercise.”

Effectively this means you should walk or cycle to the venue only, unless disability prevents you from being able too.

During the alert level 4 lockdown travel to go fishing in Wales and travel to and from England to go fishing will be restricted.

Read the guidance here 

Please check current travel restrictions. In some instances it may not be possible to go to the area you intend to travel to, especially if you intend on travelling outwith the country in which you reside.

Government Advice

  • Wales will go into Tier 4 restrictions from Monday 28th December. More details available here.
  • The COVID Countryside code
  • Government Coronavirus Action Plan
  • During this challenging time, it’s really important that we take care of ourselves and others, no matter where you live. Here is some advice from the Welsh Government on how to look out for each other safely
  • If you’re looking for coronavirus health advice relating to social distancing, medical help and stay at home guidance as well as some background information relating to the Government strategy, you can Welsh Government coronavirus health advice here
  • Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person
  • As you will be aware, schools have now closed to most pupils due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can find more information about how the closure of schools will work, including that which relates to exams and assessments here
  • Area Statements - these are tools to ensure we all build resilient ecosystems while maximising the benefits from them. You can find the Area Statements for South East, South Central, South West, North East, North West and Mid Wales here
  • The Deputy Minister has urged people to exercise responsibly, relaying the guidance on what to do when you're out for your daily exercise. You can read this here
  • In light of the importance of outdoor exercise in these difficult times, Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government have developed some key messages to support people to do this responsibly in line with government guidance. You can download and share these in English here and in Welsh (Cymraeg) here
  • New legislation has been introduced on the use of Public Rights of Way to limit the risk of spreading coronavirus. 
  • Your business may be eligible for support from the new Economic Resilience Fund. Full details on the eligibility criteria can be found here

Businesses, employees and employers

NHS advice

Public Health Wales have put together a section on their website dedicated to ‘Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which you can see here.

Other useful links

Here you will find additional links that may be helpful for any other questions you have, that the above hasn’t answered for you.

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