On Wednesday, the First Minister announced indicative dates for Phase 2 and early Phase 3 measures. This is welcome news as the removal of the 5 mile travel distance restriction combined with the opening up of self-catering accommodation in Scotland on 3rd July will permit anglers living outside of the Borders to visit and stay in the Tweed area. (The UK Government have relaxed travel distance restrictions in England since mid-June. They advise that from 4th July people can enjoy ‘staycations’ in England with the reopening of accommodation sites).
It is however important to remember that the 2 metre physical distancing remains in Scotland.
A further update on this will be given on 2nd July.
More detail on these measures can be found on: https://www.gov.scot/news/further-route-map-detail-announced/ and for England https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The dates that are most relevant to fishing are:
Indicative Phase 2 dates:
- 3 July – Travel distance limit for leisure will be lifted
- 3 July – Self-catering holiday accommodation will be permitted, providing it requires no shared facilities between households
- 6 July – Outdoor hospitality can commence subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
Indicative Phase 3 dates:
- 10 July – People can meet in extended groups outdoors, with physical distancing
- 15 July – All holiday accommodation will be permitted
- 15 July – Indoor hospitality can reopen, subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
We will continue to provide guidance updates.