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England eases coronavirus restrictions, allows outdoor sports to resume

London, Mar 29 (efe-epa).- England on Monday allowed for larger outdoor gatherings and team sports as it took a further step to ease its Covid-19 contact restrictions.

As part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s four-step exit plan from lockdown in place since the beginning of this year, groups of up to six, or two households, can now meet together outdoors.

The British government underlined the importance of not holding indoor meet-ups just yet, unveiling a new slogan: Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air.

However, Johnson urged all citizens to keep adhering to health precautions as coronavirus infections have been trending upwards in Europe recently due to emerging new variants that could to derail the United Kingdom’s advanced vaccination program.

Some 30 million people have received the first vaccine dose so far.

Reopening pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, and non-essential shops is included in the next step of easing lockdown, slated for April 12. The British government plans to fully reopen England’s economy by June 21.

Wales will lift its stay local rules as of Saturday, while Scotland will remove its stay-at-home message on Friday.

Since the start of the pandemic, the UK has recorded 4,333,042 Covid-19 cases and 126,592 deaths. EFE-EPA

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