Good afternoon, I suspect many of you will have watched the Prime Minister’s address to the nation yesterday (you can watch it HERE if you missed it), which explained that we are not yet able to lift the present restrictions other than to allow unlimited outdoor exercise, as long as people stay within their household groups and maintain a 2 metre distance from others.
A number of people have emailed me to express their concern about this. The evidence is clear that the virus spreads most easily indoors, when people spend a lot of time in close proximity to one another. That is why even though the other restrictions are remaining in place, we are able to allow people to spend more time outside – so vital for our physical and mental health – as long as people stay 2 metres apart.
At a time when we are all placed under such enormous strain, it is not right to keep restrictions in place that have no public health benefit.
All the decisions we are going to be taking will be based on ensuring we keep the transmission rate as low as possible. Hopefully easing this restriction, which poses no danger to the public, will make people’s lives a little more pleasant through this difficult time.
Many of you have been in touch to urge the resumption of angling, and you’ll be pleased to know this can be resumed from Wednesday 13th May.
The more detailed plan explaining how we plan to lift other restrictions, once it is safe to do so, has now been published HERE.