LOCKDOWN NEWSFLASH

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Silverfisher

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Wet and mild here now though by the looks of it and we haven’t got room for anymore rain yet 😅
 

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I'm not in a rush to get on a frozen canal. Especially a busy canal where nobody wears masks 🤲😷🖐️
yes plenty of people on canal last time i went walking around also bikes only went to use up some pinkies if allowed would try somewhere with deeper water though different canal
 

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quote silverfish

I don’t know what it is about this new variant but if you are in an enclosed place with it seems you’re going to get it eventually which wasn’t necessarily the case with the first one.

I think that’s what the scientists have been warning about since the easing of the last lockdown restrictions

well here’s food for thought
What effect is the 3rd 4th and subsequent variants going to have on those currently considered to be ‘ low ‘ risk groups especially if each mutation has a 50 - 70 % higher transmission rate
Unless eradicated this virus has the potential to mutate into and cause nigh on biblical plague like fatalities does anyone want to guess what variant we might be on and it’s consequences if caught, by the time, lets just pick me reasonably healthy only a couple of minor health issue and aged 64, I get my first vaccine ..........
I envisage it will be nigh on a year before our population will have all had a vaccination, the time gap between the first injection and the second may even render the first ineffective, anybody stopped to think how many of the population aren’t actually even registered as existing among us
 

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If it’s like any other virus then mutations will gradually become weaker. Case in point with the current one where 1 in 3 have no symptoms. But there’s no point looking too far ahead and worrying about worse case scenarios as just have to take it as it comes. Currently we are shut up shop until at least mid February so isn’t really much point thinking further ahead than that. In my case Monday is the next milestone as I can leave the house for only the second time in nearly 4 weeks!
 

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I think that they should be representing the whole nation, and especially the NHS, slightly higher in priority than going fishing, I would think.

Wearing masks, sanitizing, and keeping a distance, minimizes the risk of infection, but there are a lot of people that won't do it. What makes you believe that anglers as a whole would keep to any restrictions that applied? Plenty didn't the last time, why would this be any different?

John.
When we could fish during last lockdowns two clubs I am in required you to carry hand sanitizer, latex gloves, tissues and a couple of carrier bags to keep them in. Failure to do so means suspension from the club.
 

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For me it will make no difference if they allow fishing or not, as safe and as rule abiding as it may be, I will stay at home, the pandemic needs to be slowed down. Any risk, however small, is a risk not worth taking as I rely on the NHS for other factors for my health and a broken NHS will be a bigger issue for me further down the line. I am not going to preach to anyone who does go if they allow fishing, just stay safe and the quicker the pandemic is beaten the quicker all things can return to normal. Just my twopenneth.
Something I think about now and again when I look at my list of 6 out patient clinics which I haven't been able to attend for check ups/reviews. Did manage one by telephone which partially helped, but, understandably Covid has to be dealt with and all other issues set aside for the time being. Just wonder how long that is as my best mate who I've known since 1973 has just passed away with bowel cancer, treatment of which like everything else had been put on hold or delayed due to Covid. I spoke to him a week ago and he knew he was in trouble. Fortunately his wife and son were at his bedside in Farnborough (kent) when he passed just on the day before tier5 came into effect else they would not have been able to be with him, and he with them at the last
 

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So your in a club.
You live seven miles away in a village.
Ted lives in next village along and hes a bus driver.
Mary in same village as him, she works in a supermarket.
Simon lives twenty miles away in a big town in a block of flats.
Sue and Mark are a retired couple who live in a retirement complex.

You all turn up to fish one Sunday, a few hours in one of you has a serious accident.
Every one rushes round to help.
One of you has covid without symptoms and coughs a few times whilst all in a group.

By Thursday theres an out break in the retirement complex and a block of flats.
Mark is in intensive care. Unfortunately Sue didnt make it.
X amount of bus commuters are now spreading the virus themselves.

You didnt know you had the virus, its not your fault Sues dead and alot of old people or vunerable people are very ill is it?

PS , you caught 2lb.3oz of bits.
Sounds the same as me and 300 others all driving to the factory where we work, but we still do it
 

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Sounds the same as me and 300 others all driving to the factory where we work, but we still do it
I don't understand why people can't see the difference between going to work and going fishing, most people have to go to work you don't have to go fishing. My sister works in a supermarket she is an age group where it could be serious if she caught it, she doesn't want to go but needs the money. I think we should all do what we can to reduce the spread of virus so that the level of risk is reduced for those that have to work.
 

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When we could fish during last lockdowns two clubs I am in required you to carry hand sanitizer, latex gloves, tissues and a couple of carrier bags to keep them in. Failure to do so means suspension from the club.
I didn't know that was the reason you were wearing those gloves.. I assumed you wore latex all the time, and didn't want to pry..
 

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Sounds the same as me and 300 others all driving to the factory where we work, but we still do it
i was on furlong the first lock down till july been back to warehouse since part time as first
now 4 day week not sure how many work there but open 7 days a week work 12 miles away
 

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Hello everyone,

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.
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 publish shortly:
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 whatsoever.
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 can not 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!

Membership - Angling Trust https://anglingtrust.net/membership/

Stay safe and very best fishes

Jamie Cook
CEO – Angling Trust
 

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honestly great job by the AT but im not sure its the correct thing to do but now its allowed! hope all those cry babies go and apologise to AT and even better if those saying that the AT doesnt represent them acknowledge the great work AT have done for all anglers
 

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Well done to the AT for pressing the case
 
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