How we can return to shooting in Northern Ireland

Countryside Alliance Ireland has submitted a three phase action plan on how we can return to shooting as lockdown restrictions are eased, in response to the Northern Ireland Government’s ‘Coronavirus recovery plan’.

Recognising the geographical and sectoral differences throughout Northern Ireland’s communities and business hubs and the very different challenges faced, The Executive’s recovery strategy sets out a pathway for us to emerge from lockdown in the safest way possible. This will require a series of judgements and decisions as we move forward. These decisions will be evidence based, taking account of our unique circumstances here in Northern Ireland.

The First Minister was keen to point out that “As of today, we remain subject to restrictions and that no one wants it to last a day longer than is absolutely necessary”

She added “As we embark on our phased recovery, we will remain focused on the health and wellbeing of our population; the impacts on our society; and our economy as a whole”.

With this in mind, Countryside Alliance Ireland has submitted a document to the government making the case for shooting.

The report makes the case that shooting activities, whether on clay grounds, in the pigeon hide, or driven shooting, are not only comparatively safe in terms of the potential to spread COVID-19, but also points out the important role that shooting and other countryside activities, like stalking, play in keeping people’s bodies and minds healthy. The Countryside Alliance’s document, entitled “A return to shooting”, sets out a three-phase plan to reintroduce shooting to the countryside and offers an insight to the safe operation of a phased restart of the sector and supporting businesses, when safe to do so.

The document can be accessed here.

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