Outdoor sports, including football, golf and tennis, may resume for amateur players in England from Monday, as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed.
Other facilities such as cricket grounds, basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools are allowed to reopen.
A combination of improved weather conditions and the rollout of the vaccine should boost motivation and the ability of people to be more active, Sport England said.
Leisure centers, sports halls and swimming pools can open from April 12.
Sites such as gymnasiums, tennis courts and golf courses have been closed across England since the lockdown was announced on January 4.
“Over the past year, we’ve made physical activity a priority, allowing core exercise at all times,” Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said.
“However, the reality is that activity levels have plummeted again in lockdown. This is why reopening grassroots outdoor sports today is so important.”
In horse racing, amateur jockeys will be able to return, having missed the cheltenham festival but in time for the big national meeting next week.
From March 29
- Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools may reopen. Officially organized outdoor sports – for adults and under-18s – may also restart and will not be subject to rally limits.
No earlier than April 12
- Indoor recreation (including gymnasiums) open for individual use or within groups of households.
- All children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity, including sports, under any circumstance. Parent and child groups of up to 15 people (not including children under five) can restart indoors.
No earlier than May 17
- Indoor group sport and exercise classes for adults.
- Indoor sporting events will be allowed up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, while outdoor events will have a capacity of 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is greater. weak of both.
- There will be a special arrangement for large open-air rooms, where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seating capacity, whichever is lower.
No earlier than June 21
- Remove all legal limits on social contacts.
- Reopen the remaining closed settings and activate important events above capacity restrictions (from entry May 17 at the earliest).
Rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
In Scotland, non-contact outdoor sports like golf and tennis are currently permitted, along with organized group exercises and outdoor mixing between four people from up to two households.
In Wales, under-18s have been allowed to participate in team sports since Saturday and up to six people from two different households can meet and exercise outdoors. On April 22, ministers will consider whether to reopen gymnasiums.
Golf and other outdoor sporting activities can resume in Northern Ireland from Thursday, although clubs and sports facilities are to remain closed.