Can you play tennis now? New rules explained as lockdown guidelines begin to change

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Those who enjoy playing tennis can enjoy a return to the court within days.

The announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday indicated a change of the lockdown restrictions that have been in place across the UK since late March, in a bid to control the coronavirus pandemic.

The PM said on Monday that unlimited exercise will be allowed from this week, while businesses such as garden centres can reopen too.

There will be certain rules though on who you can play the game with, and where you can play.

This is what we know so far.

The Prime Minister’s announcement means that from Wednesday, tennis courts in England can be open again.

However anyone wanting to play a couple of sets will have to make sure they live with a fellow tennis fan, as you’ll only be able to play with members of your household.

Tennis and golf look set to be among the first sports people can play, but only recreationally.

The government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy says: “People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish. For example, this would include angling and tennis.

“You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household – this means you should not play team sports, except with members of your own household.”

All competitive games and lessons across the UK are still suspended.

From Wednesday only courts in England will be open. Those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will remain closed.

The Lawn Tennis Association has said: “In advance of Wednesday, we are continuing to work with Government and Sport England on the relevant clarifications required to ensure further advice is provided to the tennis community as soon as possible.

“We’ll share more detail as soon as it’s confirmed by the Government and Sport England, which is anticipated to be on Tuesday (12 May).”

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