At a glance: New rules on easing restrictions

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New rules on what people can and cannot do in England have come into force as the Government eases coronavirus restrictions.

Exercise is no longer limited to once a day, and those who want to go fishing are able to do so.

Here, the PA news agency looks at what people are able to do and what is still off-limits:

Exercise and sport

People in England will now be able to exercise more than once a day and with one person who is not from their household, so long as social distancing requirements are still met.

Golf courses, outdoor tennis and basketball courts can be used, and people can also swim in lakes and the sea.

Golf courses in England will be allowed to reopen
Golf courses in England will be allowed to reopen (Peter Byrne/PA)

People in Wales and Scotland are also now allowed to exercise outdoors more than once per day.


Driving to outdoor open spaces, either alone or with members of your household is allowed, as well as travelling to beaches or beauty spots in England. Similarly, travelling to the countryside is also permitted.

Regulations against going on holiday or staying overnight at a holiday home or second home still apply.


Going for a picnic, sunbathing and relaxing in a public place is now allowed in England, while people can also fishing on their own, or with one other person while adhering to social distancing rules.

People are not allowed to visit the homes of friends and family – unless it is for care and medical reasons, or to take a child to another household with whom parental responsibilities are shared.

Visiting a private or ticketed attraction is also not permitted.

– Moving house

Buyers and renters are now allowed to complete residential property purchases and view homes in person in England.

They are also able to visit estate agents, developer sales offices and show homes, as well as move house.

The Government estimates more than 450,000 buyers and renters have been unable to progress their plans to move house since lockdown measures were introduced in March.

– Childcare

Childcare costs
Childminders will be allowed back into people’s homes (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Government said on Monday that the move should enable parents to return to work.

Meanwhile, young children could start returning to nurseries from June 1, with the Government aiming for all primary school pupils to go back for a month before summer.

– Cleaners

The Government has said cleaners can return to work in other people’s homes.

However, they should contact households prior to their arrival and ensure those at home understand social distancing and hygiene measures need to be followed while any cleaning work is under way.

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