If the government said, as some countries have, that you cannot leave your home without written permission then, as a law abiding individual, I would stick to that law, even if I personally disagree with it, provided everyone else sticks to such a rigid law and for example, members of the government don't flout it. The stay at home message is precisely because the last 9 months has shown that the general public does not know how to live their lives safely in a pandemic, never having been taught or having experienced it before. So the government apply, not a rule or law, but guidance for those who do not understand and just want to be told what to do, but allow many high risk activities, like professional football, to go ahead.Honesty boxes to pay at some fisheries dont provide track and trace details to follow up.Nor does every angler who fishes follow rules,some feel they dont apply to them and only want to knock as many fish as possible.
Nobody is condemning anyone,certainly not why I am replying.I disgaree with the whole lockdown NOT being a lockdown and allowing people to do what they want and are ignoring the Stay at home advice.This is goverments fault in the first instance as they have been soft enough to say tennis, golf, angling even sledging is a sport and allowed.
Goverment need to grow some and clamp down on the rules as thats the only way out of this.14 miles ,28 miles 40 miles,how far is too far and local.
In my case I am leaving home about every 14 days to do a low risk activity, which I maintain is essential for my fitness and wellbeing. As Prof Witty has said that the virus is readily transmittable outside in the cold weather, how does my 6h a fortnight compare with what a lot of people are doing, going out for walks in busy town and city parks for an hour every day? I can't even go to post a letter at the local post box without having to cross the road a dozen times to avoid close contact with people on the footpath. Every activity needs to put in a proper context.