Lockdown: James Cleverly on possibility of 'last lockdown'
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Indoor sports have been put on hold for the duration of the January and February lockdown. But the Prime Minister has now revealed a staged approach to loosening the lockdown measures. When can you start to plan a trip to your local leisure centre?
When will indoor sports resume?
Indoor leisure is set to get back underway from April 12, the Prime Minister has revealed.
Leisure centres will be opening their doors for swimming pools, gyms and indoor sports, under the current plan.
But you should only be visiting leisure centres for personal use, or within your own household.
The deadline could also be pushed back at the start of April, the Prime Minister warned.
The Prime Minister said: “The threat remains substantial, with the numbers in hospital only now beginning to fall below the peak of the first wave in April.
“But we are able to take these steps because of the resolve of the British public and the extraordinary success of our NHS in vaccinating more than 17.5 million people across the UK.”
“In step two [April 12], non-essential retail will reopen, as will personal care including hairdressers I’m glad to say, and nail salons.
“Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will re-open, as will holiday-lets, but only for use by individuals or household groups.”
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The Prime Minister ordered all indoor sports to close at the start of January, as part of the nationwide lockdown.
Indoor gyms and sport facilities were told to close their doors, while all outdoor sports facilities were also shut.
People were allowed to exercise alone, or with one other person.
The restrictions applied to all non-elite sport and exercise.
The Prime Minister announced his roadmap out of lockdown in the House of Commons, in an address to MPs.
He will also be leading a Downing Street press briefing later tonight, at 7pm.
All schools are set to be open on March 8, after being shut for two months.
Two people from separate households will also be allowed to sit down together in a public recreational space.
Three weeks later, on March 29, up to six people – or two households – will be allowed to meet outdoors from March 29.
These gatherings will include private gardens, while outdoor sports facilities – including tennis and basketball – will also reopen to the public.
All restrictions going forward will be eased very slowly, however.
They’ll only be lifted in stages, and four key conditions must be met before going ahead with the plans.
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