Ice anglers are allowed to get out on the ice during the lockdown, says Michelle Nowak from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The new Stay-at-Home Order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an individual’s immediate household, she continued  in an email yesterday. 

According to the new provincial orders, a person is required to remain in their place of residence and only leave their home for permitted purposes. These include:

  • obtaining food
  • exercise
  • exercising an Aboriginal or treaty right as recognized and affirmed by the section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 

Nowak added harvesting fish is considered a treaty right.

However, you're not permitted to leave your home for the sole purpose of engaging in recreational activities, Nowak added.

"Everyone needs to consider their purposes when deciding on activities that take you out of your household and possibly into contact with others," she said in an email.

If you do engage in ice fishing, you are encouraged to be:

  • close to home
  • only with other members of your household
  • follow social gathering restrictions (5 people or less)
  • wear a mask or face covering,
  • maintain a physical distance from others of 2 or more metres.

Snowmobiling and outdoor ice skating is also allowed -- with certain conditions -- however the province has ruled out skiing along with indoor skating.

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