Fishing In Wales COVID-19 Guidance
Coronavirus lock-down guidance rules in Wales must be considered by anglers, in some cases these are different to England.
Maintaining physical and mental well-being is important, but if you are fishing in Wales please follow the Welsh Government guidelines about social distancing.
Local Lock-down restrictions apply in Caerphilly County, Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT), Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport Counties.
Following a sharp increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases new restrictions have been introduced to reduce the spread of the virus and protect public health for people living in a number of Welsh counties.
The restrictions will be kept under review. These restrictions will apply to everyone living in Caerphilly County, Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT), Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport Counties.
Anglers within these areas should not travel to fish outside their counties, or attend angling events and competitions in other parts of Wales or further afield.
Competitions/events taking place within a locked-down county can be attended by county residents only, with a maximum of 30 participants, provided the event is held outside and social distancing strictly adhered to.
OUR LATEST FAQ’S RELATING TO COVID-19 & FISHING IN WALES
Q. Can people based in Wales travel as far as they like to go fishing within Wales ?
Anglers based in Wales can travel to fish anywhere in Wales to fish, apart from Caerphilly County, Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT), Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport Counties. You can however pass through a locked down county to fish, for example from Cardiff to Powys, but try not to stop unless absolutely necessary.
Welsh Government guidance is that non-essential travel (which includes sport) into locked down counties is prohibited in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Anglers based within Caerphilly County, Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT), Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport Counties. cannot travel outside the area to fish, they must follow the Welsh government guidance.
Q. Can people based in Wales now travel to England to fish ?
People in Wales will be able to travel to England to fish, only if they live in a county not subject to a local lock down.
Q. Can people based in England now travel to Wales to fish for the day ?
People in England can travel to Wales to fish, although non-essential travel into and out of Caerphilly County, Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT), Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport Counties is prohibited due to local lock -down rules.
Q. Can people based in England come to Wales for a fishing holiday ?
Yes, this is possible, self catering accommodation has re-opened. Campsites and caravan parks have also re-opened. Do not plan or book a fishing holiday in Caerphilly County, Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT), Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport County at this time – these areas are under local lock-down.
Visit Wales have produced specific COVID-19 guidance for visitors intending to holiday in Wales. More information here.
Q. Is night fishing allowed in Wales ?
Night fishing is now allowed in Wales with no restrictions in place. Please check if the fishery has decided to allow night fishing.
Q. Is charter boat fishing allowed in Wales ?
If permitted to operate by the local port/harbour authority, Charter boat fishing is allowed in Wales subject to Welsh Government COVID-19 regulations. 2m Social distancing rule must be apply and the number of households that can meet outdoors is restricted. More information here.
Q. Can angling competitions take place in Wales?
Fishing competitions are able to take place in Wales, as long as social distancing is adhered to with no more than 30 participants. Anglers within local locked down areas should not travel outside the area to attend competitions, and anglers should not travel from locked down areas to attend angling events in other counties.
Q. Can I go indoors or into a tackle shop as part of a large group of people?
Wales has brought in the rule of 6 for indoor gatherings. (Outdoor gatherings are still possible with up to 30 people) The number of people who can meet indoors at any one time in Wales has been limited to six from Monday, September 14 – and all six must belong to the same extended household group. Please bear this in mind if you are visiting a lodge/facility at a fishery, or entering a fishing tackle shop.
Q. Should I wear face coverings in Wales?
Face coverings have been legally required in all indoor public places from 14th September for both customers and staff working in those indoor public areas. This will include tackle shops, accommodation reception areas, fishery lodges etc.
We remind visiting anglers to be mindful of Welsh Government Covid-19 regulations.
Please read Visit Wales latest Coronavirus information for visitors before travelling to Wales.
We would urge anyone that has any concerns over their own health to use the NHS Coronavirus Symptom Checker.
If you have any questions relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Public Health Wales website.
The Angling Trust has a dedicated and comprehensive Coronavirus resource hub for angling organisations and individuals. It can be accessed here.
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