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Coronavirus update: new guidance on spending time outdoors


Wednesday, 13 May, 2020

(News source: published on behalf of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government)

From today [13 May 2020] people in England can spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities for any length of time, subject to social distancing rules.

  • They will be able to go to parks and beaches to sunbathe, have a picnic and go fishing.
  • Outdoor sports courts can reopen, including tennis and basketball courts as well as golf courses.
  • People will also be able to see one person from another household, as long as they follow social distance guidance.

This follows scientific advice that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside.

All of the new regulations are subject to social distancing rules.

Read the new Government guidance

Read the Government's frequently asked questions (FAQs) about what you can and can't do during the Coronavirus outbreak