Going fishing?

12 May

Fishing to start

The Government recently announced that fishing will again be allowed in England as of Wednesday, May 13th. Most waters will be available to fish. You may want to follow some simple rules to help make fishing safe for everyone.  These rules are set out below and follow the guidelines issued by the Angling Trust.

COVID-19: Some General Rules

COVID-19 is spread when an infected individual or carrier, who may not have any symptoms, releases the virus into the air by coughing or sneezing, or even breathing.  A person in close contact can inhale the virus and become infected. Also, the virus will settle on surfaces and can live there for days. Someone can become infected by touching that surface and then touching their face. The virus can be killed by soap or by appropriate sanitising agents.

Some  general rules:

  • DO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING: do not stand within 2m of anyone and maintain a distance of 15m from other anglers when fishing.
  • DO PRACTISE GOOD HYGIENE: use hand sanitiser BEFORE and AFTER touching gates, locks, etc and of course when you have finished fishing. Disposable gloves or a carrier bag over the hand provide alternative protection.
  • DO GO FISHING ON YOUR OWN: only travel to venues on your own or with members of your household.
  • DO NOT share fishing tackle or touch fishing tackle other than your own
  • DO NOT leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19: follow Government advice on self- isolation.

If we remember and adhere to these general rules, the virus will be contained, and we can enjoy fishing safely.

Stay safe.