NI Covid restrictions 7th January 2020
Following the Executive announcement on the 6th January 2020.
Lockdown regulations have been updated throughout Northern Ireland from and are currently set to last until at least Friday 5th March. However these will be reviewed around the 18th February.
There is now a you MUST STAY AT HOME message that can be enforced by the PSNI.
We would urge members to ensure continued full compliance with the regulations in both letter and spirit which will put us on a platform to a return to full activity at the earliest opportunity.
CAI will continue to highlight the importance of Countrysports and its importance for the health and wellbeing in society.
Full details of restrictions can be found here
No indoor or outdoor sport is permitted
However, elite sport is allowed – without spectators.
Sports facilities will have to remain closed for the duration including gyms, tennis courts, golf clubs and swimming pools.
This means we will not be able to partake in Countrysports as groups, syndicates or even on an individual basis.
When the Northern Ireland Executive review the restrictions around the 21st January.
You should minimise time spent outside your home.
You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (for example, a picnic or a social meeting).
Current advise is exercise should be taken within 10 miles of your home.
Essential bird and mammalian pest control to protect crops, livestock, or for conservation may continue during the lockdown period. Pest bird shooting must comply with relevant general or individual licences as applicable. Pest control services requested by a landowner or agent can be construed either as work (whether paid or unpaid) or voluntary service. We strongly advise during this lockdown period that you have confirmation from the farmer requesting your services to address an immediate problem (i.e. a recent text message)
Game management and gamekeeping activities may continue during the lockdown period. Ensuring that birds under your care are adequately provided with food and water is important.
Recreational shooting is permitted.
Non-essential retailers such as gun shops are allowed to trade remotely online or mail order etc.
While hunting is not permitted It is important that both horse and hound exercise continues but at the minimum level with only essential personnel to manage hounds following all social distancing rules.
Angling is permitted.
Before undertaking any activity in the current climate with hospitals currently working at near or above 100% and with challenges of COVID-19, we would ask members to carry out a risk assessment before undertaking any task and avoid taking any unnecessary risks.
If carrying out essential vermin control during lockdown, we advise taking a copy of your shotgun or firearm certificate with you, confirmation from the landowner requesting your services and paperwork permitting you to shoot on the land you are on.
During lockdown local sensitivities can be high. Although it is not a legal requirement you may want to log your trip in advance with Police on 101.
Everyone shooting during lockdown must consider the impact of their actions on the image and reputation of the sport. We all have a responsibility to comply with the letter and spirit of the regulations and guidance in place.