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Ireland Level 5 lockdown extended to 5 April, affecting anglers

MYLES KELLY Mar 5, 2021

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Drowes River that flows into Donegal Bay on the border of Leitrim and Donegal is known for its early salmon. Lockdown means few anglers can use the river.

The Government has extended the Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions until 05 April 2021. Travel restrictions mean anglers must stay within 5km of their home. Non-essential business is not permitted.

The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19. Ireland is currently at Level 5.

At Level 5, the public health risk means that you will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for essential work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home.

Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.

General Guidance for everyone:

  • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines.
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Cough Etiquette
  • STAY home if you have symptoms
  • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
  • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
  • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
  • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.
  • Fish stocking – IFI has ceased stocking fish to all locations.
All Anglers:
  • Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:
  • People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
  • No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.
  • Individual training only.
  • No competitions.
  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings.
  • Boat Anglers – Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points.
Guides & Ghillies:
During level 5 restrictions, only essential workers can travel to work.