11 things you can do from today as lockdown eased – from viewing a house to seeing personal trainer – Birmingham Live

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The government has issued new rules on what people can and cannot do in England amid the lockdown.

As the lockdown is eased, the government has published a 50-page document outlining changes to the measures.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued the lockdown back in March – but now changes are taking place across a variety of sectors.

The PM announced modifications to the lockdown on Sunday, in a televised address widely condemned for a lack of clarity.

Exercise is no longer limited to once a day, and those want to go fishing are able to do so, but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different rules.

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There are 11 things you can do from today (Wednesday) – and here they are, in brief:

Exercise unlimitedly

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.

Play golf, tennis or basketball

Golf courses, outdoor tennis and basketball courts can be used.

Swim in lakes or the sea

And people can also swim in lakes and the sea.

However, gathering with more than one member of another household is still forbidden, along with swimming in a public pool, using a playground or outdoor gym, and exercising in indoor leisure centres or facilities

Driving as far as you like

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.

Heading to the countryside

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.

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Go back to work – if you can’t work from home

This is more a “should do” than a “can do”.

Boris Johnson announced a “change in emphasis” – rather than strictly a change in the rules – from this week for who should and shouldn’t be at work.

He said: “Anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.

“Work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home.”

From today the government will make it legal to carry out viewings, house moves and trips to letting or estate agents.

See a personal trainer

“A personal trainer can have a session in a park with one client,” a No10 spokesman said.

This is because you’re allowed to see one person from another household in the park, as long as you’re both two metres away and don’t bring anyone with you.

Go for a picnic

Going for a picnic, sunbathing and relaxing in a public place is now allowed in England.

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.

Go fishing

People can also fish on their own, or with one other person while adhering to social distancing rules.

Meet somebody from another household – but there’s a catch

Government officials said that from today, you may sit with someone from another household in public under certain circumstances.

Those are if you stay 2 metres apart – and if  there are only two of you, one from each household.

So for example, one person can meet another person from a separate household in a socially distanced way and chat from 2 metres away.

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