Non-elite sport – including grassroots football – is expected to be allowed to resume in England from March 29 as the government begins to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to reveal a non-lockdown roadmap on Monday that will confirm English schools will reopen to all students on March 8, with the option to resume children’s sports and extracurricular activities.
On the same date, outdoor recreation with another person will also be allowed, meaning that people will be allowed to sit together in a park with a coffee, drink or picnic.
Adults will have to wait another three weeks to resume organized sports, with grassroots football set to resume with the reopening of tennis courts, golf courses and other outdoor sports facilities.
The easing of measures is the first step in a four-part roadmap that is expected to include reopening non-essential retail and hospitality in the coming months.
But restrictions will be gradually relaxed across England, avoiding a return to the previous system of regional levels.
The Prime Minister is due to announce his plan to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, before leading a press conference in Downing Street at 7 p.m. MEPs will vote on the regulation in the coming weeks.
Johnson announced on Jan.4 that the country would begin its third lockdown, and while elite sports were allowed to continue, amateur competition was suspended.
Following the announcement, England Golf and the Lawn Tennis Association expressed disappointment with the decision, arguing that their sports are understandably socially left behind and should have been allowed to continue.