Government Advice to Co-vidiots on Metal Detecting…

After a conversation with the local police, this was lifted from the Government & local Police website’s…

As nothing is clear about whether we can or cannot go metal detecting, i have however highlighted what the form of exercise consists off, travel & where to go…

Myself included & other people have been called stupid, and selfish for metal detecting, especially those that subscribe to Twitter & with some others, mainly the same users, on Facebook, with our local police saying, if we are alone & in the middle of a field, all they will check on is our ID, address,  travel arrangements, & permissions…

IMG_5919 (2)For all the Covid Metal Detecting Police out there, we may be stupid in your eyes, for metal detecting but please read this slowly and read it again to make sure you understand & keep reading to make sure it sinks in, and you do understand…

Seeing as myself and a lot of others are not herd metal detectorist’s , posts like this one clactonmakes it seem as though we should do as we are told, disobey and our metal detectors will be taken away… Admins of these groups ought to be able to educate diplomatically without prejudice (- prejudice which means a “preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience” -) a Latin Word meaning “pre” (before) and “judge”.

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I personally am not a herd metal detectorist, & do not have that mentality which makes me want to belong, i am a single person (- lone -) detectorist, who enjoys metal detecting alone, there are times when occasionally i might venture out with a friend, or on occasions in support of a good charity or an interesting site i might pay to enjoy my hobby, by joining the herd, but that is very rare, so rare in fact, that in the last five years i can count on one hand how many gathering of the herd i have spade frontfrequented…

So to be clear, when i am out metal detecting; –

  1. i See or Hear from no One…
  2. i Have Full Permission to be Where i Am…
  3. i Now Carry My Insurance Card, for identification…
  4. i walk to my site’s and i walk home again… Across private fields and footpaths…
  5. if i find a hoard then it will remain in the ground, until such a time it is safe to be removed, this has already been mentioned to the landowner, with the necessity of something being placed on top to keep it secure…
  6. Bombs & other non-removable ammunition, etc. will be clearly marked…
  7. the last two above, i very much doubt will happen but just in case… with this list being added too, in case my stupidity raises more scenario’s…

IMG_9360 (1)I enjoy social distancing, but i would like to say thank you all of those concerned with my mental well-being & a greater concern at my stupidity, i am a fully paid up member of an organisation & as such i abide to all there rules, as laid down by them, & our government… Without bringing the hobby of metal detecting into disrepute…

Also Please be aware, some of us exercise our mind as well, by using our common sense, and not exercising our mouth.

As Taken from the Governments website & this is the Updated version…

Please use the following guidance in order to stay safe:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
  • if walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others. You can find further guidance for pet owners here

Local Police Website – [-not much different to the above really -]

We understand people may be worried and seeking advice and information. We’d like to assure you that we are working to keep you safe, we are still responding to emergency and high priority calls.

We’d urge you, if it’s not an emergency or urgent, to use our online services instead of calling 101. 

To help us keep our resources focused where they are most needed, we’re asking everyone to please follow the ‘stay at home’ measures set out by the government External Link and use our online services where possible.

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • going out for one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household – once a day
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling only where essential – which includes to and from work, if you’re unable to work from home

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these things, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household and washing your hands when you return home.

We understand it can be difficult to know what to do, or not do; this situation does need all of us to take a moment and think about what we’re doing and to assess the potential risk. This is a virus that spreads by human physical contact. It’s sensible to do everything you can to minimise the amount of physical contact that you have with other people.

We appreciate that the vast majority of people are following the stay at home measures and we’re very grateful to them for doing so.

We’d encourage you to continue to follow the measures; we are patrolling and advising people if we see them doing things which are contrary to the government advice. Enforcement is a last resort for us and we’d prefer to work with the public to resolve situations through clear communication and explaining why they might want to behave differently first. 

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