BASC issues statement following Prime Minister’s address

Following the latest government announcement on restrictions on movement because of Coronavirus, BASC has issued the following statement:

The government has given clear instructions that people must stay at home and avoid all non-essential travel.

There are some notable exceptions and BASC is seeking further clarity on issues that will affect the management of the UK’s countryside.

It is important that those involved in work that keeps our countryside functioning through this challenging time are still able to undertake essential work such as ensuring food production. In many instances, this cannot take place without associated pest control and wildlife management provided by our members and the wider shooting community. But this must only be undertaken where absolutely necessary and in line with the latest general government advice on Coronavirus.

However, while BASC recognises the well-documented personal health and mental wellbeing benefits of shooting, the government has not provided specific guidance at present on shooting and BASC, therefore, advises against shooting for non-essential purposes.

It is important the shooting community follows the spirit of the government’s guidance to help limit the spread of the virus and not place any additional burden on our emergency services. We need to not only do the right thing but also be seen to do the right thing.

As more information becomes available, BASC will be updating its dedicated Coronavirus webpage and publishing advice on social media. (BASC Facebook and @BASCnews)