Welcome return to the great outdoors
This week has seen joy as families and friends who have not seen each other face-to-face in months have been able to meet up again under the latest step in the Government’s roadmap to lift lockdown.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cautious approach has already seen schools reopen in England and then on Monday the ‘rule of six’ returned, allowed up to six people from any household to meet up outdoors or in a garden, or two households of any size to meet up outdoors.
The rule of six does include children, including babies.
Outdoor sporting facilities were also reopening on Monday.
Locally walking football team began again this week at Ruskington yesterday (Tuesday) and Sleaford on Thursday.
Sleaford Golf Club also reopened to members, although clubhouses must remain shut currently.
The club said just hours before reopening: “We are really looking forward to seeing all of our members walking down the 18th fairway again. We have missed you!”
They had seen retired members helping out last week with the replacement of the ball net. “If it wasn’t for volunteers assisting with tasks then we wouldn’t have the club we have,” they said.
Other local golf clubs also reopened such as Sudbrook Moor, Blankney and South Kyme, however, although outdoor swimming is permitted, community pools in Metheringham, Billinghay and Heckington have said they will not be ready until May.
Sleaford Tennis Club re-opened on Monday, with courts able to be booked at Boston Road Recreation Ground by both members and non-members. Free coaching open days are being held and are open to all this Saturday (April 3, 1.30pm-4.30pm) and Saturday, April 10 (1.30pm-4.30pm). The club’s pavilion will remain closed.
Social distancing must be maintained and the rule of six when not on court.
Read more about the club’s holiday camps, coaching and other events on page 31.