GOLF games of up to four people and doubles tennis matches will be allowed to restart from Monday, Boris Johnson announced this evening.
People are now allowed to meet up to six different people from different households and small team sports will be allowed to restart as lockdown restrictions are slowly eased.
The move to allow multiple people from different households to meet up again – as long as they are socially distanced – comes after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said eight people can meet up if they are only from two households.
England has previously only allowed two people from different households to see one another.
Mr Johnson announced the five crucial tests for lifting lockdown had now been met and the UK would move to alert level 3.
The nation has been at level 4 for the past two months.
Mr Johnson said this evening: “These changes mean that friends and family can start to meet their loved ones perhaps seeing both parents at once or both grandparents at once.”
“For many people I know this will be a long awaited and joyful moment.”
“We know the transmission of the virus is far lower outdoors so we can confidently allow more interaction outside.”
Boris Johnson revealed this evening:
- People living in England will be able to hang out in groups of six others from other households – but they must remain outside and stay 2m apart
- People will be able to play golf in groups of four, and tennis doubles from Monday
- Schools will open next week as planned – but for a small number of pupils only
- Businesses are set to return from June 1 and June 15 as the PM revealed last week
People in England will also be allowed to see one another in private gardens.
The relaxations are part of the Prime Minister’s three-phase plan to ease lockdown.
The Prime Minister warned that there could be further local lockdowns even after restrictions have been eased.
He said: “All the steps we have taken are conditional on the data and on the scientific advice”
“In all frankness there will be further local outbreaks so we will monitor what is going on very carefully.
“We will put on the brakes where is required and where necessary we will reimpose measures
“Its very important to be clear about that upfront – we will see how these new changes are working.”