The Government has introduced measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Restrictions have been in place across Ireland since March 2020. The current measures that were announced on 18 August 2020 are in place until 13 September 2020.

A new ‘Roadmap for Resilience and Recovery’ will be published before 13 September 2020. This will set out how the Government plans to bring greater certainty to help people and businesses plan for the future.

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.

Anglers can now travel throughout the country without restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place. However, visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines on ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up to date advice.

General Guidance for everyone

  • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines.
  • Outdoor gatherings and events are limited to 15 people.
  • Indoor gatherings and events are now limited to 6 people from no more than 3 households.
  • Sporting events and matches can take place behind closed doors.
  • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart.
  • In situations where distancing is difficult, you are recommended to 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.
  • It should be noted, any change to the over-arching ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business’ may result in an amendment(s) to this page. Currently, we strongly advise the suspension of all angling competitions involving international competitors.
  • To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines: Hand Hygiene   Cough Etiquette   Physical Distancing 2m   Equipment Disinfecting (not sharing)   STAY home if you have symptoms

 

 

Dates:

18 August – 13 September

Travel:
Outside your region
Bank Anglers  Trout Salmon Pike Coarse
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.
Boat Anglers  Game Coarse Pike Sea
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.
  • Maintain physical distancing at slipways and access points.
Sea Anglers Shore 
  • Can travel with no restrictions, apart from local lockdowns that may be in place.
  • In groups with physical distancing.

 

Business Owners can determine when your business may reopen in accordance with the Government’s  ‘Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business. The Roadmap gives a list of essential businesses which were able to reopen in phase 1  and an outline of other businesses which could reopen in subsequent phases. Once you have determined the phase under which you can reopen your business, please ensure you  adhere to the ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’

Guides and Ghililes

  • Refer to Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times. In situations where distancing is difficult, you are recommended to wear a face covering.
  • Use a dummy rod set up to explain techniques, no sharing of cars or equipment.
  • Ensure one person ties all knots, lands all fish and handles their own equipment only.
  • Weighing and/or photographing of fish should be carried out with physical distancing.
  • All payments should be made electronically where possible.

Charter Boats

  • Refer to the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.
  • Limit number of passengers to allow for physical distancing, no passengers allowed in wheelhouse.
  • In situations where distancing is difficult, you are recommended to wear a face covering.
  • Provide hand sanitiser and encourage passengers to use it.
  • No sharing of equipment. Hire rods should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after use.
  • All payments should be made electronically where possible.