The Government announced that from Wednesday 6 January national lockdown rules will be in force across England in order to protect the NHS and save lives. On Tuesday (05/01) we published advice for shooting based on preliminary interpretations of the guidance set out by Government.
Greater clarity on its Covid-19 guidance and regulations has now been provided by the Government, with confirmation that shooting is a legitimate form of exercise in England during the national lockdown, subject to two conditions.
- You should stay local to the village, town, or part of the city where you live, to shoot, as defined in Government guidance.
- When shooting, you should only meet with people with whom you live, your support bubble, or when on your own, with one person from another household.
If you cannot comply with these conditions, then you must not shoot as a form of exercise. To do so would place you at risk of a fine and may jeopardise your shotgun and firearms certificates. If you have no shooting available locally then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways. Driven game shooting or other group shooting activities are unlikely to comply with the above requirements, and unless they do, must not take place.
The social, physical and personal benefits of participating in shooting have been evidenced and recognised. Whilst taking part in outdoor shooting activities as a form of exercise remains permissible, please consider the personal benefit relative to the societal benefit of staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.