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COVID-19 Update -Cancellation of Matches

Given the increase in restrictions that came into force last night, all SFCA fixtures will be postponed until at least 30th April and we would strongly recommend that all clubs do the same. 

In light of this decision no MAOTY points will be awarded until further notice. I know this will be disappointing for some but is the only fair and responsible thing to do as; firstly it will send a clear message that we are recommending that all matches are curtailed to comply with current direction on gatherings of more than two people, and secondly it will ensure that those who are complying with government direction, or who are not attending due to concerns about either their personal health, or that of loved ones, are not disadvantaged.

While I know that all fishing tackle shops and fisheries will be closed from today, I am sure that there will be many anglers who will still be looking to get out on the bank in the next few weeks – especially with more hours of daylight, with weather improving and given that many individuals will not be at work.  Clearly there is a fine balance between getting out in the fresh air in line with the government guidance on exercising, the direction to only go out for essential reasons and a desire to go fishing.  I know that many anglers will feel strongly that fishing is their form of exercise, and that it plays a huge role in their health, well-being and in supporting their mental health needs.  But we also need to recognize the fact that the angling public is an aging demographic and many of our members will fall into the high risk or vulnerable categories due to age or other health reasons. 

My personal feeling is that it would be safest for individuals not to take any risks, take couple of weeks off and not go fishing.  This clearly must remain a decision for individuals but my advice would be, stay at home, watch fishing videos and perhaps take time to sort out tackle, make rigs and tie hooklengths etc for when this is over.

Stay safe, following the government guidelines for social distancing and regular hand washing and I hope to see you all back out on the bank in the not to distant future.

 

Tight Lines,

Gus Brindle, Chairman SFCA


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