Covid UK: What businesses will reopen on Monday?

The ‘stay at home’ order is due to lift on March 29th (Picture: Reuters/Rex/Getty/PA)

Thousands of outdoor sports facilities will reopen on Monday across England, as lockdown restrictions ease again.

Outdoor gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts and golf courses are among the businesses to welcome back customers as the second part of Boris Johnson’s roadmap.

Water sports venues, climbing walls, archery venues and driving and shooting ranges will also be able to reopen outside.

People will be allowed to mingle outside in groups of six or with members of up to two households after three months of strict rules drove down Covid cases.

The ‘stay at home’ order is also due to lift on March 29th, meaning the threat of being fined for being out of the home for a ‘non-essential reason’ will end.

Businesses that run indoor sports facilities will remain closed until April 12, while non-essential shops and pub gardens are also set to welcome back customers next month.

It comes as MPs vote in favour of extending emergency Covid laws until the autumn – despite some naming them ‘excessive and disproportionate’.

What will reopen on Monday?

  • Gyms
  • Swimming pools
  • Sports courts (such as tennis and basketball courts)
  • Golf courses, including mini golf
  • Water sports venues
  • Climbing walls
  • Driving and shooting ranges
  • Riding arenas at riding centres
  • Archery venues
  • Formally organised outdoor sport
  • Businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children will now be able to host all outdoor children’s activities, and outdoor parent-and child groups for up to 15 people (not counting those aged under five)

A member of staff at Charlton Lido cleans the bottom of the pool during pre-opening preparation (Picture: PA)
Groups of six outside will be allowed on Monday (Picture: David Cliff/NurPhoto/REX)
A game of tennis will be back on the cards soon (Picture: PA)

The Coronavirus Act gives the Government the power to shut down venues and restrict people from travelling as part of the nationwide effort to control the pandemic.

The ‘exceptional powers’ passed through the Commons again with 484 votes to 76, as Health Secretary Matt Hancock once again vowed to only use them ‘if necessary’.

Nearly 29 million people have received a first dose of a Covid vaccine, while more than 2.7 million have been given a second dose.

EU leaders stopped short of approving an explicit export ban yesterday – but Ursula von der Leyen has warned AstraZeneca must ‘honour’ its contract with the bloc before exporting jabs elsewhere.

The European Commission chief said: ‘Companies have to honour their contract to the European Union before they export to other regions in the world. This is of course the case with AstraZeneca.

‘I think it is clear that the company (AstraZeneca) has to catch up and honour the contract it has with the EU member states before it can engage again in exporting vaccines.

‘We have worldwide supply chains that have to be intact and it is of the utmost importance that we get back to an attitude of openness.’

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