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Outdoor freedoms boosted in major easing of England’s Covid-19 restrictions

Outdoor freedoms boosted in major easing of England’s Covid-19 restrictions”

"Today marks the next stage of our roadmap to cautiously ease restrictions in England".

United Kingdom prime minister Boris Johnson stressed that people "must remain cautious", with cases rising across Europe and new variants threatening our vaccine rollout, while warm weather was excepted to accompany the relaxation.

Organized outdoor sports may resume.

While greater outdoor freedoms are now permitted, the Government is still advising people to work from home where possible and minimise the number of journeys they take.

England's stay-at-home lockdown order ended on Monday with people allowed to meet up outside in groups of six for the first time in almost three months, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged caution due to rising coronavirus cases in Europe.

"Despite today's easements, everyone must continue to stick to the rules, remember hands, face, space, and come forward for a vaccine when called".

Mr Johnson said he hopes the easing will "kick-start a Great British summer of sport" as sports stars teamed up with the United Kingdom government to encourage a return to physical activity.

They took part in their first military style fitness session this year. A new government slogan - Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air - has also been unveiled by the government to emphasise the importance of ventilation in reducing the spread of the virus.

The Metropolitan Police has warned that large gatherings will remain unlawful and officers will continue to respond quickly to ones which pose a serious risk to public health including large house parties or illegal raves.

The UK reported more than 3,800 new infections in 24 hours on Sunday.

Runners in Rothwell
People taking part in a Boot Camp exercise class in Springhead Park Rothwell Leeds

The latest government figures show 423,852 United Kingdom adults received a first dose of the vaccine on Saturday, taking the overall number to 30,151,287 - with 233,964 having their second dose, bringing that total to 3,527,481.

The current changes are the first major milestone laid out in a "roadmap out of lockdown" that was announced by Downing Street in late February.

From April 5, click-and-collect retail services, along with garden centres, auto dealerships, homeware stores and barbers and hairdressers, will also be able to reopen.

Groups can meet with up to six people or limit themselves to just two households.

The next step in the road map to easing lockdown is April 12th, which is earmarked for non-essential shops to reopen along with outdoor hospitality, including pubs and restaurants.

Most outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks can reopen, although wider social distancing rules will still apply to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

After months of being cooped up at home, many people are relishing the prospect of being able to to enjoy their outdoor sport of choice, from tennis to open-air swimming.

Coronavirus restrictions in Wales were eased on Saturday to allow people to stay in self-contained holiday accommodation and the country's "stay local" requirement was also lifted.

This stage will also see cinemas, museums, hotels, performances and sporting events reopen, albeit with social distancing still in place.

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