Outdoor sports as well as gyms have been banned from opening since the UK was plunged into a third lockdown on January 4, but are expected to return under the government’s proposal
Finally, light at the end of the tunnel as the UK prepares to emerge from its latest lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic.
The country has been largely closed since late October, with new restrictions implemented over the Christmas period and the start of 2021.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to update the country on the government’s interim “roadmap”, with an announcement on February 22.
Among the items discussed will be the reopening of golf courses and tennis courts, as well as gyms and fitness centers.
Here are the latest updates.
When will the golf courses and tennis courts reopen?
Tennis players and golfers will be able to return to UK courts and courses from March 29.
This is the start of the second phase of the reopening of the lockdown and is timed for when schools start to separate for the Easter holidays.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told LBC: “The simple way to look at this is that the outside is safer and so we are prioritizing the inside.
“Outdoor sports – tennis, golf, organized outdoor team sports, grassroots football – will resume on March 29.”
Alastair Sinclair, CEO of PlayMoreGolf, said: “For thousands of golfers in England, this news is a relief and renewed optimism towards a new normal.
“The last 12 months have been physically, emotionally and mentally draining for everyone and we hope that the return of golf can undo some of the negative effects on mental health.
“2021 is an important year for Golf, as a sport and leisure activity, to appeal to a wider audience.
“How we present ourselves to the consumer as an industry is critical, not only to attracting new golfers, but also to retaining current golfers in the sport.”
What about gyms and fitness centers?
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Gyms and swimming pools will reopen to the public from April 12 at the earliest.
It’s the start of the second phase of the re-opening of the lockdown, which actually still keeps people from mixing inside.
People will therefore only be allowed to visit gyms alone or with their own household.
Indoor mixing will be allowed from May 17 at the earliest – the third phase of the reopening of the lockdown.
The rule of six will be in place for this – or a larger group of up to two households – but it will be under constant review.
If all goes according to plan, the fourth stage will be deployed on June 21 at the earliest.
The government hopes that by then all legal limits on social contact can be removed, meaning everyone can freely attend gyms.