This is when gyms could reopen in the North East as England prepares to ease lockdown measures

Boris Johnson has outlined the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown and has revealed key dates which mark the earliest point that certain elements of society can reopen.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 5:31 pm

While there will be many people who are eager to know when restaurants and pubs will reopen, others want to know when they’ll be able to hit the gym again.

Speaking at the House of Commons on Monday, February 22, the Prime Minister unveiled his four-step plan to opening up different sectors.

There will be at least five weeks in between each step and could be delayed if analysis of data against the Government’s tests requires it.

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So when can gyms and leisure centres reopen?

The opening of gyms and leisure centres will be part of Step Two in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

This means they could open on April 12 at the earliest along with non-essential shops, hairdressers and the reopening of pubs and restaurants on an outdoor basis.

What about outdoor sport?

If you’re hoping to play tennis or football outdoors you may be able to enjoy a match as early as March 29.

Tennis and basketball courts, open air swimming pools and other outdoor sports facilities will be able to reopen from this date.

Formally organised outdoor sports will also be able to resume subject to guidance, the Prime Minister said.

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Why could the reopening of gyms be delayed?

Four tests will be used by the Government to assess the impact of opening certain areas of society back up after lockdown, with Mr Johnson indicating he'll be taking a "data not dates" approach to easing restrictions.

There will be at least five weeks between each step to ease restrictions and analysis of the latest data against the four tests could require a delay.

What are the four tests?

The four tests to easing England out of lockdown are as follows:

*The continued success of the vaccine deployment

*Evidence showing vaccines are effective in reducing deaths and hospitalisations in those who have received them

*Infection rates won't risk a surge in hospitalisations which would overwhelm the NHS

*Assessment of risk isn't changed by new concerning variants of the virus