Here's when outdoor sports will be allowed in Luton as part of Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlining his roadmap out of lockdown in the House of Commons at 3:30pm here's when amateur sports will return.

By News Reporter
Monday, 22nd February 2021, 2:34 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd February 2021, 2:49 pm
Restrictions on children's sport are expected to be lifted on March 8
Restrictions on children's sport are expected to be lifted on March 8

Outdoor sports will be allowed in the UK again on March 29.

This will include the return of team sports, with tennis and basketball courts reopening and football once again allowed.

Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Breakfast that children's sports and after school activities will return on March 8. Which is also the date schools will reopen and start welcoming pupils back en masse.

Children's sport will return on March 8 in UK as part of the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown

Yet, adults will have to wait three more weeks before being able to resume playing sports socially.

A date hasn't been set for the return of indoor sports, which will open at a later date due to higher coronavirus transmission rates.

Mr Zahawi couldn't confirm a date for when gyms would reopen when speaking on LBC radio. He said: "Outdoor is safer and therefore we prioritise versus indoor.

"Outdoor sports - tennis, golf, outdoor organised team sports, grassroots football - will go back on 29 March. At the moment, it's outdoors versus indoors. Outdoors is the priority because it's where the transmission rates are much, much, much lower."

The Prime Minister's four step plan will be revealed to the public in full at 7PM when he addresses the nation. At this stage it is unlikely that gyms will open in either of the first two steps, despite the positive effect exercise can have on physical and mental well-being.

Ultimately, gyms are more likely to reopen in one of the next phases of Johnson's four step plan to come out of lockdown. Currently, non-essential shops are expected to reopen in mid-April with indoor entertainment venues set to open in May with safety restrictions still in place.