Hopes of a reprieve for grassroots sport before a second national lockdown this week have been dashed by the prime minister. While elite sports have been given the go-ahead to continue during the shutdown due to start on Thursday, community sports and facilities have been forced to close, even those which operate outdoors. The government had been considering affording a late exemption for golf, tennis and possibly outdoor swimming pools but, answering parliamentary questions on the new restrictions, Boris Johnson knocked back any such hopes. Asked by the Conservative MP for Bracknell, James Sunderland, whether golf courses could remain exempt, Johnson said: “I must apologise to my honourable friend for not being able to offer the house a huge list of exemptions to the rules we’ve set out. “Because once you unpick at one thing alas the effectiveness of the whole package is compromised. That’s why I want everyone to work together for the next four weeks to get the R rate under control so that we can open things up again in time for December.” The second lockdown has been predicted to be cataclysmic for much of the leisure industry, after enduring a prolonged shutdown in the spring and… Read full this story
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