OUTDOOR sports venues will shut but playgrounds will remain open under England’s new Covid lockdown rules.
Boris Johnson has tonight ordered everyone in England to stay at home until mid-February as he launched an emergency shutdown to try and save Britain’s NHS.
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“Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses and
swimming pools, must close,” says the government’s guidance.
Plus, you should minimise time spent outside your home.
As a result of England’s third national lockdown, “it is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble”, the guidance adds.
Specifically, you can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (for example to have a picnic or a social meeting).
This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place by yourself; with the people you live with; with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one); in a childcare bubble where providing childcare; or, when on your own, with one person from another household.
Public outdoor places include:
● parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
● public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
● the grounds of a heritage site
When around other people, stay two metres apart from anyone not in your
household – meaning the people you live with – or your support bubble.
The announcement came as:
Visiting loved ones in their homes – or even gardens – will be banned under the new rules to control the spread of a mutant new strain of Covid.
Mr Johnson said: “We now have a new variant of the virus, and it’s been both frustrating and alarming to see the speed with which the new variant is spreading.
“Our scientists have confirmed this new variant is between 50 and 70 per cent more transmissible.
“Our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid, than at any time since the start of the pandemic.”