Following the publication of the Scottish Governments timetable setting out how and when the current coronavirus restrictions will be lifted over the coming weeks and months. We would like to welcome anglers back to the river but take this opportunity to emphasis the restrictions currently in place and the outlined route map to normality.
• The ‘Stay at Home’ rule will become ‘Stay Local’ from 2nd April;
• Tourist accommodation will be able to open from 26th April;
• Travel restrictions between Scotland and the rest of the UK to be lifted, if not on 26th April, then as soon as possible thereafter;
• International travel will not be possible until at least 17th May.
The detailed situation for fishing is not always easy to ascertain, so please read the links provided below, to make sure our general guidance is correct.
Fishing is allowed, but the ability to fish will be restricted by “stay local” rules and the fact that the restriction on overnight stays is unlikely to lifted before the 26th April.
Scotland: Stay local. Please stay within your Local Authority area. On 26th April you should be able to travel within all mainland Scotland (and possibly the Islands) and accommodation will reopen but likely with some restrictions. More details can be seen on the government website . More guidance can be got from Marine Scotland.
England: Travelling within England. The statutory stay at home restriction will be lifted but the guidance will encourage you to minimise travel outside of your local area. This means avoiding making unnecessary journeys, combining trips and avoiding travel at peak times where possible. People should avoid travelling further than is reasonably necessary to take part in, or during, their activity. In the meantime, you can only fish locally. More guidance here. On the accommodation side, self-catering and camping sites look like opening on 12th April, but hotels not for some time later.
It is not yet clear when travel between England and Scotland will be allowed. At the moment you have to have an essential reason – see relevant regulations.
Please continue to observe general Coronavirus guidance such as:
• Wearing masks when indoors or in close approximation to others
• Maintain a good hand washing/sterilisation regime. Clean gates and other equipment handles with antibacterial wipes.