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People in Rothwell, West Yorkshire, took part in an exercise class on Monday 29 March after easing England's lockdown.
People attend an exercise class in Rothwell, West Yorkshire, on Monday 29 March after easing the England lockdown. Danny Lawson / PA / AP

As the country’s first coronavirus measures eased on Monday, people in England are now allowed to meet out of town in groups of six or two (with social distance).

The country has been in a full national lockdown since January 4 after a new, more transmissible variant of coronavirus was found in south-east England.

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis courts, swimming pools and golf courses are allowed to reopen, and outdoor games are organized with an unlimited number of people.

Marriages are no longer limited to exceptional circumstances but a maximum of six attendees are allowed.

As the ‘stay at home’ level of Covid sanctions came to an end, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged caution as cases elsewhere in Europe escalated.

“I know how hard it is for people to lose the competition of camaraderie and organized play, and to limit physical activities – especially to children.”

“I know increasing social contact will be welcomed by many, now even groups of 6 or two households are able to meet out of town,” he added.

But we must be careful, with new cases rising across Europe and our vaccine being threatened with rollout. ”

It’s a significant relief since schools returned to England on March 8, many businesses are closed, people are still being encouraged to work from home wherever possible, and domestic visits and foreign travel are still restricted.

The rules are set to be relaxed next week if the UK vaccination program remains undefeated and the rate of infection does not increase.

The next round of simplifications is set to begin as early as April 12 when non-essential retail will be allowed to reopen. At the same time, rest restaurants will be able to serve people outside rentals and pubs.

Johnson’s government is hopeful that most economies will be able to open before the end of June.