Here below is an interesting article from the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine.
Sports such as angling and golf have been mentioned as ones that could be at the forefront of the easing of lockdown, once that process starts. At the latest Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Giles Watling MP put the case forward for non-contact sports “angling to bowls to golf” to be at the forefront of any decision to ease lockdown restrictions.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport responded by saying that the government was “gathering evidence” on how the lockdown might be eased, and that the points Giles Watling had made were “all valid”. The Culture Secretary stressed he wants “to ease restrictions as quickly as we are able to” and he would be making the case in representations to the government’s Cobra (the Cabinet Office’s emergency briefing rooms) committee, suggesting that “the nature of the evidence will then determine the next step we take”. He added that this could only occur whenever public health evidence allows it.
Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, said the sports he mentioned were ones which many could enjoy and involved no close social interaction, and he proposed local clubs could open if they took responsibility for social distancing. He suggested that this would be good for the mental and physical health of the nation.
The Culture Secretary issued the caveat that any easing of lockdown would only happen when the government’s ‘five tests’ had been met. These include the NHS’ ability to cope with critical care; a sustained and consistent fall in daily death rate; decreased and manageable levels of infection; confidence that testing facilities and protective equipment levels can be met; and there is no risk of a second, overwhelming peak of infection.
On hearing the news, an encouraged Angling Trust said it, “has been working hard behind the scenes to make the case for the safe resumption of fishing, once the Government decides that some restrictions can be lifted.”