Brits can ‘play sport and meet more friends outside’ in first stage of lockdown easing
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According to The Times, outdoor sports and socialising will be permitted first before the retail and hospitality sectors are reopened as open-air contact will be prioritised in Boris Johnson's plan to reopen England.
And within weeks of the reopening of schools, sports like tennis and golf will be allowed along with outdoor socialising in limited groups.
It was also reported that outdoor markets are likely to be permitted to operate before the opening of high street shops and al-fresco dining before eating indoors.
Mr Johnson has also ordered that restrictions on alcohol drinks be relaxed, with the removal of the substantial meal rule.
The Prime Minister has also not ruled out a return to the tier system but said a national approach ‘might be better this time round, given that the disease is behaving much more nationally’.
Sheffield was placed under Tier 3 restrictions before the national lockdown came into force on January 6 as most of the country was in strict Tier 4, where non-essential shops and pubs were shut.
Under tier 3 restrictions, household mixing would remain banned in many places but groups of six people from different households would be allowed to get together in parks and other outdoor spaces.
Bars and restaurants would have to stay shut but gyms and non-essential shops could reopen and outdoor team sports could resume.
Britain is also on course in its vaccination campaign and Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the country will be able to ease restrictions once all over 50s have been offered the jab by late spring.
Although Sheffield’s latest weekly infection rate is 220.2 cases per 100,000 people, which remains below the national average, Mr Fell predicted the current restrictions to remain in place for another six weeks to two months.