Following the Government’s announcement at 12.30pm today, the Angling Trust is pleased that the government has not sought to place further restrictions on healthy outdoor activities such as angling.
Through our ‘When We Fish Again’ campaign earlier in the year we demonstrated to ministers that by following sensible COVID-19 guidelines anglers could enjoy their sport in a safe and responsible manner.
We have been delighted with the response from angling clubs, fisheries and the wider angling community and it’s important that nothing is done that would damage our reputation for acting sensibly and in the wider public interest.
Jamie Cook, CEO of the Angling Trust added:
“We are still fishing and there’s no reason why that won’t continue as long as anglers remember to follow the Angling Trust COVID-19 guidance and remember to be careful and protect each other and our sport. By working effectively and responsibly the Angling Trust has ensured that angling is seen as part of the solution and not the problem – let’s keep it that way. “
The latest Angling Trust COVID-19 guidance for all anglers from every discipline can be found at the Angling Support Hub section of our website here.
Details of Covid-19 guidance for Wales can be found on our Fishing In Wales website here.
The announcement has been greeted as good news right across the angling world with Angling Trust Ambassador and top Carp Angler Ali Hamidi adding
“As anglers we need to play our part in the health and safety of the nation on the bank, it’s not hard to be considered in our actions, we’re all much the wiser in how to keep the infection at bay personally, don’t take unneeded risks, look after yourselves and ensure we don’t loosen our behaviour so the nation and world can return to total normality sooner”!