The government had previously announced that it intended to publish a new rule on travel that would mean that anyone travelling for sport and leisure would have to return home at the end of each day. This would have effectively banned night fishing.

However through our contacts at Sport England, Angling Trust have successfully lobbied for a change in wording.

We are delighted to announce that the Government’s much anticipated new statement on travel and sport instead now reads: “From today (13th May 2020) people in England can spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities for any length of time, subject to social distancing rules.”

The Angling Trust’s view is that night fishing is allowed. A series of detailed FAQ’s from the Government will be circulated later. It is worth noting that overnight stays in holiday homes and camp sites are still banned and that with the dynamic nature of this situation the Prime Minister has warned government guidelines could change quickly so we must all act responsibly.

Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO, said:

“This is a happy day for the angling community. We were front of the queue with being released from lockdown and have shown that we are stronger together. For now, please stay safe, keep social distancing and tight lines.”

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