A number of angling sites, garden centres and golf clubs across Nottinghamshire will be opening after more than a month in lockdown following new Government guidance.
The Government published a 50-page document on Monday, May 11, which outlined the next phase of the battle against the coronavirus.
From Wednesday (May 13), those who do not have to shield can travel to any location in their country – but not beyond the borders of England, for example – and also exercise as much as they want.
The definition of exercise has also been expanded upon, and now includes fishing and golf as some of the solo activities you may take part in.
Therefore, a number of angling lakes and golf clubs will be opening from May 13.
Pete Thexton, 75, who has owned the Aldercar Lane Fishery for the past 13 years, said he has been “inundated” with calls.
Aldercar Lane Fishery has four lakes and its species include carp, chub, bream, tench and rudd.
“We have had about 50 to 60 phone calls,” he told Nottinghamshire Live.
“We’ve been closed from March 23. I have never experienced anything like this in my life.
“We will be open on Wednesday. It’s more of a trial, we hope everything is okay.”
Louise Graham, who takes bookings for the Shelt Hill Farm fishery in Woodborough, says her phone “hasn’t stopped ringing” since the Government relaxed some of the lockdown rules.
She added: “We are opening [on Wednesday]. We have been given the go-ahead.
“It will only be for pleasure anglers. We have been closed from the lockdown and the owners have just said we can re-open.
“The phone has not stopped ringing for two days. They seem like they are all raring to go. I think it will be a little hectic for a few days and hopefully everyone will do what we ask.
“If everyone adheres to what has been asked of them, if everyone does it gradually, everything will open up.”
Graham Moulds, who owns the Office Lake Fishery in Southwell, also confirmed the lake would be open.
Garden centres have also been allowed to open from Wednesday by the Government.
The Cherry Lane garden centre in Bradmore is just one that has confirmed will be opening its doors.
It was forced to close in March and donated its perishable goods to charities and community groups in the area.
The centre, which sells a wide range of food, pet and convenience items, as well as DIY goods and everything for the garden, has put in place measures to ensure strict social distancing, allowing customers to visit safely.
The garden centre has a designated queuing area outside and markers are being placed at two metre intervals.
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All checkouts are provided with protective plastic screens, but the Wellington’s café will not be open until a later date.
John Burrell, the manager at Cherry Lane Bradmore, said: “All of the team here at Cherry Lane are very excited to be back and serving our customers again.
“People are spending a lot of time in their gardens at the moment, so we are ensuring we are fully stocked and looking forward to being able to supply all our customers’ needs.
“However, for the safety of our customers and staff, we do ask you to bear with us if you have to queue, and obey the social distancing procedures we have in place, as we are limiting the number of customers in the centre at any one time.
“We are providing cleaning stations for our trolleys, encouraging contactless or card payments and asking customers to shop alone if at all possible.”
Following the Government’s guidance, which specifically outlined that sports such as basketball, tennis and golf are now allowed from May 13, a number of golf clubs also plan on reopening.
However, most clubs are reopening with a strict ‘members only’ guidance.
Norwood Park Golf Centre says it will be opening on May 13 “for members only”.
The centre says: “It’s mixed feelings really, we are glad to be back but there is a lot of staff and members who cannot come back because they are scared.
“We thought the Government would have given us longer to prepare. It will be two balls only.”
Other sites opening to members only include the Radcliffe-on-Trent golf club, Chilwell Manor golf club and the Rushcliffe golf club.
Bulwell Forest golf club is opening for bookings only and there must be no more than two players per booking.