Angling Cymru have posted that they are having a further meeting with the Welsh Gov tomorrow regarding allowing a short drive to a local water, as it stands it's walking only.
It's interesting that a couple of days ago the First Minister described cycling through Cardiff to his allotment (where presumably he did some work) in his update, just wondering how that's OK yet going fishing by car or bike is not!
Updated last night after the site was flooded with requests for more info ! Not good, nothing has been agreed as yet.
"Whilst we understand your frustrations & desire to go fishing as soon as you can please bear with us whilst we finalise the details. We understand mixed messages have appeared from various social media posts today - especially around travelling to go fishing. These posts & tweets have said if you can walk to a venue then you can fish. We are proposing that anglers are allowed to also drive to a local venue. Our negotiations continue tomorrow, after which we will issue a further statement about how & when we can all go fishing safely. Please also be aware that English regulations for fishing do not apply to Wales."
Still none the wiser!! Angling Cymru have been silent since 18:30 on Wednesday when they announced that driving to a local water would be OK, however neither Welsh Government or NRW have so far confirmed this. I've heard that WG might make another statement today but as of now the situation is totally confused!!
If you now look on the Welsh Assembly site and Angling Cymru the stance has now changed and at least they agree (ish). Stay local, only drive to exercise if you are DISABLED to the nearest park or flat area !
The actual wording is below
Press release directly from the Welsh Assembly issued yesterday?
Different again from the Angling Trust and Angling Cymru !!
Doesn't make sense on one hand it says stay at home on the other it says you can travel locally, then do not travel a significant distance, no mention of crossing the border ? Very confusing.
Why travelling to Wales is not an option – important reminder
The stay-at-home coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations remain firmly in place in Wales to protect people’s health. This means travelling to Wales for leisure purposes is still not possible.
14 May 2020
14 May 2020
Campsites, outdoor activities and tourist attractions, together with many popular footpaths and beauty spots, such as Snowdon, remain closed to the public to keep people safe and protect the NHS.
Changes made to the law in England, allowing people to go out for open-air recreation do not apply in Wales.
In Wales, the stay-at-home rules have been relaxed to remove the once-a-day restriction on exercise. All exercise must be done locally.
The Welsh Government’s Economy and north Wales Minister Ken Skates is issuing this important reminder to anyone considering travelling to Wales.
Wherever we live, we are all facing the threat of coronavirus. Our message in Wales remains very clear. Please stay at home.
This goes against our normal welcoming nature, but for now please don’t visit.
We want nothing more than to welcome visitors to enjoy our wonderful scenery and attractions but to protect our NHS and keep people safe as we deal with coronavirus, please stay home and stay local.
Lifting restrictions now would risk increasing spread of the virus, which could endanger more lives and cause longer term disruption and hardship for our tourist industry.
If you travel a significant distance for leisure purposes into Wales or within Wales you risk being stopped by the police and fined under Welsh law. Don’t put yourself and others at risk, and for now please don’t visit.
Announcements on Travel issued on the 11th of May By the Welsh Assembly?? Again not in line with other Agencies ?
Travelling by vehicle before exercising
13. The intention is that exercise should be undertaken locally – as close as possible to the home. In general this should not involve people driving to a location away from home for this purpose. No journeys of any significant distance should be taken, for example, just in order to exercise in the countryside or at beauty spots (many of which are closed in any event to prevent this).
14. People with specific health or mobility issues may, however, need to travel from their home in order to be able to exercise. For example, some wheelchair users may not be able to start to exercise immediately outside their homes for practical access reasons, and may need to drive to a suitable flat location, such as a park, for this purpose. In these circumstances the journey should be to the nearest convenient accessible location and no long journeys should be undertaken unless absolutely necessary.
Update this morning - have a read then move o to the latest update underneath.
Note the complete muppetry underlined
Latest update -
“If you have to drive, for whatever reason, it has to be very local to the area in which you live and the closest venue where it is possible to undertake fishing as your permitted excercise. You may not drive past one angling venue, whatever the discipline to get to another." Welsh guidelines state that excercise must start and finish at home and generally you may not drive to excercise. If we adhere to the guidelines then further relaxation may be possible but if boundaries are pushed and certainly if cases of Corvid 19 are seen to increase, Angling may again be banned and a more severe lock down may be imposed.
Angling Cymru continues to lobby for a relaxation of these regulations in the next review. We are unable to answer individual enquiries at this stage. Further information will be issued as we get it.
But it's OK to drive to a garden centre? What a shambles! I also see that night fishing is not allowed - where's the logic? It is hard to imagine a more socially distanced scenario than an angler wading the Towy at 2am! The "local" restriction is also over the top - does it really matter if a person enclosed in their car drives 5 miles or 50 miles? I really hope that some common sense comes into play soon. I think that there's a danger that people will get more ill disciplined about the lockdown without some common sense easing in very low risk categories such as certain outdoor activities.