There has been a lot of discussion and debate recently about the latest coronavirus restrictions and metal detecting. Some see it as exercise and that it can’t be doing any harm given most people detect solo. Others see it as being a selfish and very unnecessary thing to be doing right now.
Think about this though. Most people would need to travel to wherever it is they go detecting and that generally means a trip in the car. You may need to stop for fuel and that puts you in direct contact with people. You may experience a breakdown on the way and have to call the AA or RAC. Or perhaps you are really unlucky and are involved in an accident.
That means an ambulance, paramedics, police…perhaps other emergency services and even a trip to the hospital where you occupy a bed and take up the time of nurses and doctors. All because you wanted to go metal detecting.
I know much of that is unlikely but the point is, it is a risk you do not “need” to take. And that is what this is all about. Minimizing risk. So follow the advice. Stay home and stay safe. Those fields and beaches are not going anywhere. And when all this is over at least you will know you did your bit to help keep everyone else safe.
And if that is not enough then perhaps a few words from the National Council For Metal Detecting might help sway your mind.
CORONAVIRUS: IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL NCMD MEMBERS
In the light of the Government’s latest instruction that people are only allowed to leave home for a few “very limited purposes” (shopping, exercise, helping others, work) the NCMD is now instructing all members to stop metal detecting WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT until further notice. This instruction applies whether you are proposing to detect individually or in a group.
FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THIS INSTRUCTION WILL BE INTERPRETED AS BRINGING THE HOBBY INTO DISREPUTE AND MAY RESULT IN YOUR MEMBERSHIP BEING WITHDRAWN
I hope that I can rely on your understanding and support during this difficult period.
Clive Coleman NCMD Chairman
More info here: https://www.ncmd.co.uk/