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Fishing could be first to benefit from easing of UK lockdown

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Oliver Dowden MP: Gathering evidence to find out which sports can be undertaken first as the restrictions on the lockdown in the UK are relaxed.

Fishing could be one of the first sports to benefit when the COVID-19 lockdown is eased in the UK.

The Government’s Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, speaking at a digital, culture, media and sport select committee meeting, hinted that fishing, along with golf , could be given the go-ahead in front of other sports.

He said his department was ‘gathering evidence’ on which sports can socially distance most effectively, adding that any decision would rest with the Prime Minister and would be in line with scientific advice.

Dowden was asked by Tory MP, Giles Watling, if he would consider lifting restrictions on non-contact sports such as angling, bowls and golf.

He said that if there was evidence they could be opened safely he would press the case for them to the Prime Minister and the Cobra emergencies committee, which is looking at easing lockdown strategies.

He said: “We are gathering that information. In respect of all sports I want us to ease restrictions as quickly as we are able to, but that has to be consistent with the public evidence and guidance.”

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