Covid: ‘Stay home’ message dropped as external freedoms strengthened in major easing of coronavirus lockdown in England

Covid: 'Stay home' message dropped as external freedoms strengthened in major easing of coronavirus lockdown in England

Friends and families will be reunited and team sports will resume in major relief for England coronavirus locking to allow greater freedom outdoors.

Groups of up to six or two households can socialize again in the parks and gardens, while outdoor sports facilities can reopen after the stay-at-home order ends on Monday.

Morley Hayes Golf Club, near Derby, was among the first to reopen, with players leaving at 12:01 a.m. Monday for a floodlit seven-hole charity tournament.

A group of golfers in the spotlight at the Morley Hayes Golf Center in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. Credit: Pennsylvania

Boris Johnson stressed that “we must remain cautious, with cases on the rise across Europe and new variants threatening the rollout of our vaccine,” while the hot weather was with the exception of accompanying relaxation.

“Despite today’s easements, everyone must continue to play by the rules, remember the hands, the face, the space and come forward for a vaccine when called,” the Prime Minister added. .

He is expected to urge the public to take personal responsibility for abiding by the restrictions as he holds a press conference in Downing Street.

Speaking to ITV News on Monday morning, Sports and Tourism Minister Nigel Huddelston said “now is the time” for the lockdown to ease.

“People have been through a lot of restrictions over the last few weeks and months, it was a very, very serious and severe lockdown – it had to be and I think the public understood exactly why because we had to cut the rate. infection.

“The time has come for us to start easing restrictions, we have a roadmap for that, but it’s a cautious exit from the lockdown processes. We don’t get rid of everything at the same time.

He added that “if things change,” the government “will take action” to bring infections back under control.

Labor has called on the government to ‘follow the science’ and ‘publish the science’, stressing that easing the lockdown this time around ‘must be the last time’.

Shadow Secretary of Justice David Lammy told ITV News: “The important thing is that we cannot have a start stop situation.

“This easing of the lockdown has to be the last time and so the government has to be clear that it is following the science, it has to publish this science, the rules have to be transparent and clear. “

He urged the public to follow the restrictions still in place.

What are the changes to England’s lockdown?

Football and cricket grounds, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor pools, golf courses and sailing clubs are now free to reopen after months of closure.

Organized team sports can also resume outdoors, meaning grassroots competitions can take place before the Easter break without the need for social distancing.

Amateur sport is about to restart Credit: Steve Paston / PA

Restrictions have been relaxed, with official figures showing more than 30 million people in the UK have received a first dose of the vaccine, which is around 57% of all adults.

Mr Johnson said he hopes the easing ‘will kickstart a great British sport summer’ as sports stars have joined forces with the government to encourage a return to physical activity.

A new slogan was also unveiled to highlight the importance of ventilation in reducing the spread of the virus: “Hands, face, space and fresh air”.

A new ad will also air on Monday evening, with animation showing the spread of coronavirus particles between a group of friends meeting indoors versus in their backyard.

A public information campaign warns of the dangers of gathering indoors, with a psychologist giving advice on how to deal with friends and family who suggest breaking the rules, saying people can needing to be “firm” and give “gentle reminders” over the distance.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said progress in vaccine deployment “must be protected,” adding that “when you meet other people, do it outside and keep a safe distance.”

England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty added: “It is very clear that outdoor spaces are safer than indoors. It is important to remember this when we move on to the next phase. “

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Mr Johnson has warned that an increase in cases could be seen as parts of Europe hit with a third wave of infections, but hopes the vaccine rollout will wipe out hospitalizations and deaths.

The Prime Minister has sought to lose weight after his own hospitalization with Covid-19 and the government is now calling on the public to participate in a fitness campaign, with children being urged to aim for one hour of physical activity per day and adults for at least 150 minutes.

England World Cup-winning cricket captain Eoin Morgan said: “With summer – and the cricket season – just around the corner, there’s no better time for everyone. world, young and old alike, to get back to having fun by going out, being active and playing. sport. “

Johanna Konta Credit: David Davies / PA

British number one tennis player Johanna Konta said: “I am so happy that the British are now able to come back to the court and enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of tennis.”

England Rugby Union backer Kyle Sinckler added: “I can’t wait to see you come out, and all the kids back there for some fun. “

The fitness campaign comes after the latest figures showed more than 150,000 deaths involving coronavirus have been recorded in the UK.

In Wales, the order to ‘stay local’ ended on Saturday and people were allowed to stay in self-contained holiday homes.

The stay-at-home order in Scotland is due to end on Friday, while in Northern Ireland up to six people, or two households, can meet outside from Thursday.

This is the second major easing of England’s lockdown imposed in early January, with schools reopened to all students on March 8.

While greater outdoor freedoms are now allowed, the government still advises people to work from home where possible and minimize the number of trips they make.

The next stop on the roadmap to ease the lockdown of England is April 12, which is set aside for the reopening of non-essential shops and outdoor hospitality, including pubs and restaurants.

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