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Prime minister Boris Johnson confirms return of outdoor sport on March 29 – and gyms on April 12

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It's been confirmed that from March 29, outdoor sports facilities such as tennis or basketball courts will reopen - and organised adult and children's sport, such as grassroots football, will also return.

The news will delight the many who have prevented from playing sport since Christmas.

It is dependent on the continued decline in coronavirus cases and the successful ongoing rollout of vaccines.

tennis ball on a tennis court. (44515155)
tennis ball on a tennis court. (44515155)

Last night, prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed that outdoor sports – including organised adult and children's sport – would return.

And earlier yesterday, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: "Outdoor is safer and therefore we prioritise versus indoor.

"Outdoor sports - tennis, golf, outdoor organised team sports, grassroots football – will go back on March 29."

Indoor sport facilities will reopen on April 12 but only for use by individuals and not larger groups.

Further easing of lockdown measures, including allowing some fans back into stadiums, will follow in further steps in May and June – by which time the PM hopes everything will be able to reopen.

All easing of measures is subject to data on Covid showing it remains under control and there are no spikes.

Venues such as gyms, tennis courts and golf courses have been closed across England since lockdown was announced on January 4.

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