THE Government has put up the 'no fishing' signs, confirms the Angling Trust.

Fishing is not allowed in England during the current Covid-19 national lockdown, with the law coming into force earlier this week.

Angling was the first recreational activity allowed to return to action during the first lockdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic, and the sport was given the nod to continue during the November lockdown.

But the suspension reflects how serious the situation surrounding the second strain of Covid-19 is being taken.

"Whilst the regulations have not yet been published we have been informed by the Cabinet Office that the Government have taken the decision that fishing in England will not be permitted during this national lockdown period," said Jamie Cook, chief executive of the governing body, the Angling Trust.

"Whilst this is disappointing news I would ask anglers, fisheries and clubs to respect these rules and the reason they have been put in place; to help save lives and support the NHS.

"Individuals should not go fishing and clubs and fisheries should close their waters to anglers. We will be publishing more detailed guidance on specific areas like bailiffing and fishery maintenance once the Government regulations have been published."

Cook outlined that the case for fishing to continue had been presented.