I feel that Angling should be one of the first activities to be re-introduced following lockdown. Initially, I would suggest limited to your local area, I.e. up to 15 miles from home. Angling is an isolationist activity, which fits in well with the ethos of social distancing. It would also benefit the mental health of participants as well as provide enjoyment and exercise.

Why the contribution is important

As stated, angling would provide exercise, enjoyment and improved mental health to all participants in as safe an environment that is possible in the present circumstances. Anglers have followed the request to Stay at Home impeccably over the past 7 weeks, but as things get back to some sort of normallity, angling should certainly be one of the first activities to return in my opinion.

by iancormack on May 10, 2020 at 06:53PM

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  • Posted by GMPotts May 11, 2020 at 16:57

    Angling -One of the largest participation sports in the UK and a significant contributor to Scotland's economy- especially the rural economy. This is a sport where social distancing is not only easily achieved - it is a common preference amongst many regular anglers. It is an important source of outdoor activity and contributes to the physical and mental well being of the participants - and often also that of their spouses too. Low levels of Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) have been identified as a contributory factor in poor Covid 19 outcomes. A day by the water ensures that exposure to the higher levels of natural light experienced and boosts vitamin D levels. Beyond the individual considerations there is a much wider implication for society in continuing to restrict this popular activity. The age profile of many Angling Clubs is in the older age bracket the importance of the social and sporting pursuit to this age group is significant. It helps keep up their activity levels, which greatly assists in keeping the participants as active members of society, so reducing the pressure on health services and facilitating the many useful volunteering roles taken on by the older generations. House bound anglers in their 80's and indeed 90's are in danger of becoming permanently so under these continuing restrictions. Think on.
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