It is the news we have all been waiting for! On the evening of 16 March 2021, Angling Trust stated that after “intense discussions with government officials” they could confirm that all forms of angling including night fishing, charter boat angling and match fishing will be able to resume from March 29th under new Covid guidance for the return of outdoor sports and recreation.
“Following our Fishing out of Lockdown submission to the Cabinet Office in February we have been pressing for the lifting of the restrictions placed upon angling … I’m pleased that the multiple benefits that angling delivers have again been acknowledged and that we can all look forward to a return to the angling opportunities we were able to enjoy last summer and autumn.”
Due to the similarities to common other outdoor sports, such as golf, the Angling Trust is compiling guidelines to help anglers, clubs and fisheries prepare for a full return of angling at the end of March, meaning clearer information is yet to come and will be published on the Sport England website.
Changes to Angling from 29th March:
“The civil servants recognized that match fishing to the Angling Trust guidelines doesn’t constitute ‘a gathering’ and could resume safely.
“Night fishing was always going to be tricky ahead of the promised return of camping on April 12th but I’m pleased that the distinction with ‘fishing into or through the night’ has been recognised and that these anglers can now enjoy the Easter break.”
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