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New guidance on what the easing of Covid-19 restrictions means for anglers in Scotland published


By David Porter

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Following further easing of travel restrictions and easing of other restrictions from Monday, the country moves to Level 3 across Scotland.

Fishing activities can take place across the country including angling competitions and sea fishing.
Fishing activities can take place across the country including angling competitions and sea fishing.

Angling is now permissible for groups of up to six people from six separate households.

Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number.

In addition, changes to travel restrictions mean that you are now able to travel anywhere throughout Scotland for any purpose, including angling, but must stay within the more general requirements with regard to restricting the spread of Covid-19.

Club competitions, outings - Outdoor non-contact sports and organised group exercise is permitted for all adults, in groups of up to 15 people.

This includes gatherings for fishing competitions, subject to all other arrangements in place regarding travel and suitable distancing.

Club outings or group meetings, are not yet permitted under the current restrictions.

Fishing huts and similar facilities may be reopened from Monday.

However, access to the hut should be pre-booked and restricted to one household or group at any time.

In addition, the facility should be properly stocked and cleaned between bookings, and all other, more general restrictions and advice, for example with regard to hygiene and social distancing, must be observed by those using the facility.

Sea angling from the shore is allowed, provided that anglers comply with the more general requirements with regard to travel and the rules on meeting other households.

Sea angling from private boats with members of your own household is also allowed.

Angling from charter boats is permissible from Monday but that activity must continue to be conducted in line with wider restrictions on physical distancing and good hygiene practice.

From Monday travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK will be allowed.

People should, however, check the rules on entry to Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man before travel.

Holiday accommodation can reopen from Monday including hotels, B&Bs and self-catering, subject to following in-house socialising rules.

It is hoped that further relaxations of the Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland will be possible from May 17 and beyond, into June and July.


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