Can I still go fishing during the coronavirus lockdown? – The Sun

Britain is now in lockdown, and all non-essential businesses must close.

But many questions remain after Monday night’s historic broadcast by the prime minister with many people unsure what they can and cannot do.

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Can I still go fishing during the coronavirus lockdown?

Taking one form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle: alone or with members of your household.

But a government spokesperson urged against fishing, telling The Sun Online: “Fishing is not a very physical activity, it’s a sport in another sense and you’re allowed out once to take physical activity.”

Many fisheries across the country have had to close in the lockdown.

Russell Owen, fishery manager at Llyn Clywedog near Llanidloes, told Wales Online: “We were forced to close on Monday.

“We lease the fishing rights from Severn and Trent Water and they made a decision to close all their sites.”

What counts as exercise?

Although cabinet minister Michael Gove didn't specifically mention fishing, he explained that people should be defining exercise as “one walk, one run or one cycle per day”.

A government spokesperson told The Sun Online: “We can’t list everything that is and isn’t allowed, there needs to be some common sense.”


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Can I be fined for being outside?

With all gyms across the country now closed, those who want to keep fit and active have been left with no choice but to either exercise at home or do one form of exercise outside the house.

There is no set timescale on how long you can be outside for, however, it shouldn’t be for an excessive period of time.

Police now have the powers to serve on the spot fines of £30 if people ignore the government's new stay at home orders.

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