LONDON (dpa-AFX) – England is significantly easing the corona exit restrictions on Monday. Two households or up to six people can now meet again in parks and gardens. The “stay at home” order is lifted, but the government asks the population to continue to refrain from unnecessary journeys. Uncovered sports facilities and swimming pools are allowed to reopen.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped the easing will kick off a “great British summer of sport”. With the support of prominent athletes such as tennis player Johanna Konta and cricket star Eoin Morgan, the government is campaigning for people to play sports again after the months of lockdown with contact restrictions. Children should exercise for an hour every day if possible, adults two and a half hours.
“I know how much people have missed the camaraderie and competition of organized sport and how difficult it has been to limit physical activity, especially for children,” said Johnson. At the same time he called on people to be careful. Despite the relief, everyone must continue to follow the hygiene rules.
In Wales, holidays within the part of the country have been allowed since Saturday, but households should stay among themselves and are only allowed to use accommodation with the possibility of self-sufficiency such as holiday homes. In the UK, health is a part of the country. Johnson’s government can only relax or enact regulations for England. The opening of non-essential shops and outdoor catering is planned for April 12th. / Bvi/DP/stk