COVID-19 exemption for shooting granted in England

Shooting has been added to a list of sports that are exempt from the latest COVID-19 restrictions in England.

The ‘rule of six’ restrictions brought in today (14 September) in England could have disrupted game shooting which usually includes eight or more people. However, the exemption will allow shooting to operate under COVID-safe guidance.

Ian Bell, BASC’s chief executive, said: “The Government’s decision to allow shooting to continue in its current format in England is the right one. Like other team sports, shooting is able to operate under social distancing guidance, and its benefits to the rural economy and well-being makes its inclusion significant.

“We thank the Government for its commitment to allow shooting to continue to provide such wide-reaching benefits.

“Shooting in England joins Scotland in being given official exemptions to the ‘rule of six’ restrictions. Shooting in Wales and Northern Ireland remain unaffected by the latest restrictions.

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