We know that people are excited to get back together with friends at club and council meetings, spend time on the water, and enjoy social events, but we need to be cautious.
The world has changed dramatically since March 16th when Fly Fishers International issued guidance on COVID-19 to members, clubs, and councils on official FFI meetings, events, and workshops. At the time, there was tremendous uncertainty about the trajectory of the pandemic, only a small handful of states had issued restrictions on activities, and the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had just announced blanket guidance on a national level. FFI leadership felt it was the most responsible action to postpone or cancel official FFI events until further notice. We have learned a lot since then.
During the intervening time, states have taken varying approaches to dealing with the pandemic, the outcomes of these distinctive measures have had differing effects, and there has been extreme variability on the impact to communities around the county and the world. CDC guidance has evolved to the point where it is now challenging to view blanket guidance as applicable to all states and communities around the country. It would not be reasonable to provide the same restrictions for rural Montana as metropolitan New York.
So where do we go from here? We know that people are excited to get back together with friends at club and council meetings, spend time on the water, and enjoy social events, but we need to be cautious. FFI is now providing updated guidance that reflects the variability of circumstances based on geography, considers human health, and allows FFI members to find ways to safely engage within their communities.
Here are some additional safety recommendations regarding local fly fishing, casting, tying or administrative events: