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Fishing in South Holland can continue in lockdown says Angling Trust

Angling in the South Holland area can continue during lockdown but people are advised to fish locally.

The Angling Trust is urging that people follow the new rules but say the sport can continue after after examining the Government's new Health Protection restrictions.

The trust will be publishing its formal guidance following consultation with Sport England and today's debate in Parliament.

Angling can continue
Angling can continue

It states in an email sent out to members: "This is going to be an extremely difficult period for everybody and as anglers we must recognise that we are fortunate that our chosen form of recreation can continue even though there are restrictions on what we can do.

"The Angling Trust made the case for fishing based on the health and wellbeing benefits that angling offers coupled with the importance of reducing pressure on other open spaces by allowing us to continue to safely enjoy the social isolation and peace that fishing brings.

"It is incumbent on us all to continue to act responsibly and to fish safely, fish locally and respect the Rule of Two."

Anglers will only be allowed to fish with members of their own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. There are no time limits.

Competitions have been suspended between November 5– December 2.

The Trust also states: "Whilst the Government have chosen not to write their travel guidance into law we are urging anglers to respect the advice which states that it is permissible to travel in order: 'to spend time or exercise outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)'

"Put simply, you can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’. Sea anglers should focus on their local beaches and fishing marks and freshwater anglers should not be travelling hundreds of miles in search of fishing during lockdown. It is up to the individual to apply common sense and act within the spirit of the Government’s guidance. You absolutely cannot leave home to fish if you have Coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating."

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