Martha Davies looks into the reasons why hunting and shooting is inexplicably exempt from the Rule of Six.
Photo by Alexander Andrews
The ‘Rule of Six’, introduced in mid-September, was brought in by the government in a bid to slow the emerging second wave of coronavirus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson instructed the nation to meet only in groups of up to six people, threatening a £3,200 fine for those who do not adhere to the new guidelines.
Publication of information regarding the Rule was followed by additional details of exemptions. These include weddings and civil partnership receptions and ceremonies, which can accommodate up to fifteen people, as well as funerals, at which up to 30 people are permitted to be present. Even protests are exempt from the six-person limit, although they must be “organised in compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance”. The list of sports exempt from the six-person rule comprises activities such as cricket, rugby, and football, as well as hockey, polo, and curling.
Yet, the sport receiving particular attention is shooting -the government has specified that both “hunting and paintball” - both sports that require “a shotgun or firearms certificate license” -