Following yesterday's debate in Parliament and further lobbying since, the Government has today issued further guidance re-defining what is allowed by way of 'exercise' under the Covid regulations.
Outdoor shooting activities as a form of exercise are now permissible once a day in England during the national lockdown, but only subject to two conditions:
- 1. You should only travel locally to shoot, which is defined in Government guidance as staying local to the village, town, or part of the city where you live.
- 2. When shooting you can only meet with people you live with, your support bubble; or when on your own, with one person from another household.
If you cannot comply with these conditions, then you must not shoot as a form of exercise.
To do so would place you at risk of a fine and may jeopardise your shotgun and firearms certificates. If you have no local shooting available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.
Driven game shooting or other group shooting activities are highly unlikely to comply with the conditions above and unless they do, they must not take place.
Fishing, having been stopped on Tuesday, is also now re-allowed, subject to similar conditions. See the website of the Angling Trust for further details.
Other advice on gamekeeping, pest control and harvesting gamebirds, issued by the NGO on Tuesday, remains valid and can be found here.
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