Monday 29 March 2021 7:10 AM UTC
LONDON March 29: From today, March 29, people living in England are allowed to meet in groups of up to six or as two households and outdoor team sports are reopening in a major easing of England’s lockdown restrictions.
As the “stay at home” order ended at midnight, Boris Johnson stressed that “we must remain cautious”, saying cases were rising across Europe and new variants were threatening the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
From today in England:
• Groups of up to six people – or two households – can socialise in parks and gardens
• Football and cricket pitches, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor swimming pools can reopen
• Golf courses and sailing clubs can reopen
• Organised team sports can resume outdoors
• People should still work from home if possible and minimise their journeys
• The ‘stay at home’ order is being replace with a ‘stay local’ instruction
But from March 29, this will be relaxed to permit outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households.
And whereas outdoor exercise is currently restricted to public places, from March 29 you can also meet people in private gardens too.
You’ll still have to stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household – meaning the people you live with – or your support bubble.
Outdoor sports facilities, such as tennis and basketball courts, golf courses and bowling greens, will reopen on March 29. This also includes open-air swimming pools.
Formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s – can also restart and will not be subject to the limits on gatherings but should comply with guidance issued by national governing bodies, the roadmap says.
All these places will be permitted to open if they are outdoors only:
sports courts (such as tennis and basketball courts)
golf courses, including mini golf
water sports venues
driving and shooting ranges
riding arenas at riding centres
People can use these venues in a group of six people, or with members of up to two households.
At this step, formally organised outdoor sport will also return – this can include a larger number of participants, provided that appropriate steps are taken to make it COVID-Secure in line with the law.
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