CORONA VIRUS/COVID-19 Updates 8/1/21
most members will know, Broome A.S. is a member of the Angling Trust and as such we are following
the guidelines set down by them regarding the laws and interpretations of the laws that will apply to the
new lockdown restrictions.
The Angling Trust has been in close
contact with the government regarding the current lockdown and the Cabinet office has now officially
confirmed that angling can be classed as exercise and can therefore be permitted.
Statement from the Angling Trust: Update January 7th 2021
The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the
huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the
Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third
national lockdown in England.
The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS confirmed the following:
“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules
on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”
This has also been confirmed by DEFRA:
“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea
fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”
We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict
conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick
to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.
Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will
- This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to
how we have been allowed to operate since May.
- We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a
‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
- The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is
expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
- Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
- The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing
- To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and
only fish locally within the district where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have
to take your daily exercise in other ways.
We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every
angler adheres to the rules.
I would ask all anglers who are not members to join the Angling Trust and give us your support. We have worked
tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of our new and existing members.
I would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers
have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together!
Lockdown Guidelines and FAQs: updated January 8, 2021
These guidelines have been produced by the Angling Trust in our
capacity as the recognised national governing body for all forms of recreational fishing in England. They have been
drawn up following extensive dialogue with relevant Government departments and our colleagues in the Environment
Agency to help anglers, fishery owners and managers to better understand what is permissible under the current
lockdown regulations that are in place.
The government has confirmed that local fishing will be permitted during the
third national lockdown in England under the exercise provisions. It must take place locally, in a socially
distanced manner and only once a day.
“Fishing is allowed as exercise so long as
participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time
spent outdoors.” [DCMS – 6th
We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and as anglers we all
have a duty to abide by the strict and limited conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With
infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains
part of the solution and does not cause problems.
This is a
strictly limited resumption of local fishing and very different to
how we have been allowed to operate since May 2020. We are in the middle of a public health emergency and the
National Lockdown must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties
We have set out a series of answers to the most frequently asked questions to
ensure that every angler is able to adhere to the rules.
Please Stay Safe and Stay
we still go fishing?
Yes, but once a day, locally and only with one
other person from outside your household or support bubble.
Sport England confirmation here
Can we go sea
Yes, but once a day, locally and only with one other person
from outside your household or support bubble.
Can we go fishing
from our boats?
Yes, DEFRA have confirmed that fishing in the sea or
in freshwater from private boats (along with other water sports) can be considered exercise and is
Why can’t we
Because exercise is limited to once a day so no
overnight fishing whatsoever. This does not stop you fishing for an hour or so after dusk but fishing through
the night is no longer permissible.
Can we fish
No. Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so there
is no match fishing.
How far can we
travel to go fishing?
Only local travel is permitted for the purpose
of daily exercise as set out in the Government’s travel guidance
This specifies the ‘local area’ – ie. town, village or part of the city in which you live. However, there is a
recognition that there will be a need to travel for outdoor exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance
within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).
Anglers will need to apply commonsense and judgement in defining their local
area rather than fixating on parish boundaries. A lake or river in a neighbouring parish may well be closer
than one on the other side of the same town. In short, you should be fishing your nearest available waters.
If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily
exercise in other ways.
Can my fishery
Fisheries are not on the list of businesses
required to close under the regulations. Camping, chalet accommodation, club houses or social facilities of any
kind cannot open though onsite toilets with appropriate hand sanitising can remain in place.
The regulation requires the closure of “outdoor sports grounds or facilities”; if you are concerned that this might
apply to your fishery you should seek specific advice.
You are allowed to leave home to exercise (which includes fishing) outdoors,
but you can only meet with another person in ‘public
outdoor places’ which include parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests, public gardens
(whether or not you pay to enter them). This will apply to most fisheries either
commercially managed or operated by clubs that are open to members of the public.
Can tackle shops
Tackle shops are classed as non-essential businesses
and must close but they can still offer a ‘click/call and collect’ service.
Can we still
carry out work parties on our waters?
Yes, there are a range of
activities for which travel is both required and lawful including “for work, or providing voluntary or charitable services, where it is unreasonable to
do so from home”.
However, numbers should be kept manageable and Covid compliant procedures
must be followed.
Please see our Guidelines on Bailiffing and
collection still allowed?
Yes. Anglers can undertake bait collection
as their single act of daily exercise provided it is in their ‘local area’. Bait collectors would be running a risk travelling to any spot that
is not the closest one to their home that they are legally allowed to dig or collect bait from. Anglers can
also undertake bait collection and sea fishing combined as part of their ‘local’ exercise. If an angler or bait
digger has a private arrangement with a private landowner to dig for bait we recommend contacting the landowner
Can I still
Coach, Guide or Ghillie?
Yes, but once a day, locally and only with
one other person. Sessions must take place in a public outdoor space and social distancing maintained. Any
coaches or guides undertaking sessions should ensure they’re complying with relevant national governing body
safeguarding policies and procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions.
This should include particular consideration for under-18s and vulnerable adults.
- The Angling Trust suggests you should download and store a copy of these
Guidelines and FAQs on your mobile phone in case you are challenged while fishing.
Broome Venues to Remain
stated above in the Covid-19 advice given by the Angling Trust after consultation
with the UK Government.
Broome Matches Cancelled
All Broome A.S. Matches are cancelled with
immediate effect until further notice. This is because of Government Covid-19 tier 4
has let me know that some fishing tackle has been found at Frisby complex, close to Jurassic
It has been put in our lock-up container so it is safe.
Obviously, we want to return the lost tackle to the rightful owner so if you can let either myself or Jason know
what you have lost and it matches what has been found then we will be pleased to re-unite
If you don't see Jason around the complex you can email me at
I will then
put you in contact with Jason.
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