Please note - we will keep information in this area as up to date as possible, however, due to the fast-moving nature of the current situation, news and guidelines are constantly changing. We will endeavour to update with further guidance when appropriate.
The situations regarding COVID-19 in angling terms, as with the general situation throughout the country, has been well documented.
Many have questioned - rightfully - the logic of not being able to go fishing - given, that the sport by its nature, is mostly self-isolating, the benefits of pastoral wellbeing are well known as there is a degree of exercise involved.
However, the Government is, up to this point, clear; Angling does not fit the exercise criteria that it has set for the general public during "lockdown" - local exercises through running, cycling or walking - and then, restricted to one session a day.
We hope, that given the Angling Trust report that has been submitted to government just over a week ago may lead to a relaxation of the restrictions, in the not too distant future, and that we might get back to where we belong- the waterside.
The Countryside Alliance and Fishing for Schools has played a significant part in both promoting and endorsing the Angling Trust document and we urge that you read the clear, outlined proposals that the document sets out in making a case for the resumption of fishing and that has been placed in front of ministers and leading politicians on our collective behalf.
The contents and links to the report can be found here and we urge anglers to read and absorb the contents.
Angling Trust COVID-19 Support Hub
'When We Fish Again' - report launched on how angling could be safely resumed in the UK