The government has announced the easing of lockdown rules in England, encouraging ‘unlimited amounts of outdoors exercise’ and permitting sports, albeit only with members of your own household, from Wednesday.
Speaking in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the public had put up with restrictions “never seen before in peace or war” but they would now begin to be eased as part of a “conditional plan” to reopen society.
That included allowing people to spend more time outdoors from midweek and, while there was no further mention of sport-specific guidelines, tennis, golf and angling are among a select list of recreational sports who will partially return on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson is instead expected to reveal further details of his roadmap to get out of lockdown in Parliament on Monday, which will allow various sports to gain a better understanding of return to play protocols.
Speaking on Sunday, Mr Johnson said: “From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.
“You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household.
“You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them.
“And so every day, with ever increasing data, we will be monitoring the R and the number of new infections, and the progress we are making, and if we as a nation begin to fulfil the conditions I have set out, then in the next few weeks and months we may be able to go further.”