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Blithfield Reservoir Angling Regulations during Covid-19 Restrictions

Blithfield Reservoir as been given the all-clear to re-open to Syndicate/Club angling as from Tuesday 2nd June under the following restrictions.

Angling Regulations during Covid-19 Restrictions

Phase Two – Syndicate Anglers, commencing 2nd June, 2020

Booking In

  • All syndicate permit holders must book in advance of their visit by telephone ONLY. The ‘phone lines are currently very busy so please be patient - 01283 840284 . No bookings accepted by email, Facebook or Messenger.

  • IMPORTANT - Please book between 8am and 12 noon Monday to Friday only during this time.Please do not turn up at the fishery without prior booking as you will be turned away.

  • All current syndicate angling and fishery rules still apply during this time.

Arriving at the Fishery

  • Anglers should arrive on their own unless they can prove they are travelling with someone they live with.

  • DO NOT arrive before 8am please.

  • You must have your valid Syndicate Membership card/booklet with you as you will be asked for this on arrival.

  • Anglers must not share tackle with anyone else.

  • The Main Entrance gates will be opened by fishery staff. Fishery staff will be disinfecting other gates, styles and any surface that anglers will be in contact with. Lodge doors, switches, handles, desk, ’phone etc. all touching points will be disinfected regularly.

  • Return cards will be written for you and left for collection from the Boathouse. We will sign your visit card on your behalf so you do not need to call into the office at all. Please observe the distancing rules at all times.

  • Anglers are encouraged to park in every other parking space.

  • There is NO ACCESS to the anglers’ lounge or kitchen upstairs at the Boat House. A toilet is available downstairs in the Boat House. Toilets around the banks remain closed to avoid risk of infection.

  • Please ensure you sanitise your hands regularly.

Bank Anglers

  • To fish a minimum 15m apart. To ensure bank anglers observe social distancing, it is insisted they arrive at the fishery by themselves unless they can prove they reside at the same address.

  • Catch returns must still be submitted as per the Fishery regulations. Pens, returns boxes and cards are sanitised regularly.

  • Fishery Rules still apply alongside these changes. Any angler breaching the Rules or failing to maintain Social Distancing risks being ask to leave the Reservoir.

  • Any syndicate angler not observing the precautions, rules or guidelines will be asked to leave the fishery and their Syndicate/Club will be informed.

Boat Angling (Date to be confirmed)

  • NOTE- contactless payment is preferred at all times when making your booking.

  • Boat anglers may fish with people who live in the same household only.

  • Lifejackets will be sanitised before and after use.

  • Boats will be sanitised before and after use.

When the Office Re-opens (currently closed)

  • Anglers who require to enter the office or shop to purchase tackle will be required to use the hand sanitiser by the door - a strict one in, one out policy will operate.

  • Staff will all be issued with disposable gloves with hand sanitiser available for use by anglers.

All anglers are asked to be responsible with regard to their own health & safety. Please sanitise or wash your hands with soap regularly and maintain your distance from others. DO NOT visit the fishery if you have a high temperature or feel unwell, have a new persistent cough or a sore throat, or if you have lost your sense of taste & smell.

**Note – new changes will run alongside the existing Blithfield Anglers rules & Syndicate Angler Guidelines **

Thank you all again for your support, patience and co-operation.

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