Fishing: Lord Moylan reveals 'immediate problem'
Fishing was still permitted during the recent national lockdown. A three-tier system was then introduced, but anglers were again able to enjoy the popular recreational activity in all three tiers. However, the government has now announced new Tier 4 restrictions due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.
London and the south east of England are the areas that have been placed into Tier 4.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new tier would be “broadly equivalent to the national restrictions”.
People have been told to “stay at home”, while all “non-essential retail, indoor gyms and leisure facilities, and personal care services must close”.
This has left many people wondering whether they can still go fishing.
One wrote on Twitter: “So Tier 4 now…. do you know if we can still go fishing?
“See non essential retail and mixing indoors is a no but nothing about fishing.”
Another wrote: “All I want to know with this lockdown is can I go fishing by myself even though I’m in Tier 4 from tonight?”
Can I go fishing in Tier 4?
Fishing is still permitted in Tier 4 areas and can be done with one other person from outside your household.
The government guidance states: “People can also exercise outdoors or visit some public outdoor places, such as parks, the countryside, public gardens or outdoor sports facilities.
“You can continue to do unlimited exercise alone, or in a public outdoor place with your household, support bubble, or one other person.”
The Angling Trust has also issued a statement following the Tier 4 announcement.
It read: “The Angling Trust has now had the opportunity to look at the new Covid Guidelines for Tier 4 (19th December) but the regulations are not yet published and we will need to run them past our lawyers.
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“However, given the huge number of enquiries on this, we are happy to issue this initial interpretation for the benefit of anglers, angling clubs and fisheries who now find themselves in a Tier 4 area.
“In line with the 2nd national lockdown the Government have banned virtually all grass roots sporting competitions in Tier 4 areas.
“So unfortunately, and regardless of the ability to run angling competitions with no form of ‘gathering’, the new laws means that any form of competition, including more than two people from different households, is prohibited.
“However, fishing with one other person from outside your household is allowed.”
While fishing can continue in Tier 4, people have been told not to travel to or from these areas.
Mr Johnson said: “People should not enter or leave tier 4 areas, and tier 4 residents must not stay overnight away from home.
“Individuals can only meet one person from another household in an outdoor public space.”
A review of Tier 4 will take place on December 30.
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