Groups of up to six people from different households in England will be able to exercise together from Monday, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced.

The Government is relaxing the rules on exercise further so that from Monday people will be able to exercise with up to five others from different households as long as they remain two metres apart.

Mr Dowden also said the Government wanted to “re-establish some normality in other parts of our lives” as he announced the return of live sport.

He said: “For more than two months after sport stopped and after weeks of round-the-clock discussions with medical experts and professional sports bodies, I’m delighted to announce today that the Government has published guidance which allows competitive sport to resume behind closed doors from Monday at the earliest.”

He said that: “Football, tennis, horseracing, Formula 1, cricket, golf, rugby, snooker and others are all set to return to our screens shortly.”

He said: “Today I am also glad to confirm that we are relaxing the rules on exercise further so that from Monday people will be able to exercise with up to five others from different households, crucially, so long as they remain two metres apart.

“That means that people who play team sports will be able to play together, and do things like conditioning and fitness sessions that don’t involve physical contact.”

“The British sporting recovery has begun,” he added.

Mr Dowden said various measures needed to be in place for sporting events to go ahead safely.

He told the daily briefing: “That includes a screening process for coronavirus symptoms at the venue, a one-way system for people and vehicles, minimising the use of dressing rooms and of course maintaining social distancing wherever that is possible.”

He also set “two challenges” for the return of football, which has a “special place in our national life”.

He said: “First, that a reasonable number of remaining Premier League games will be broadcast free-to-air.

“Second, that the financial benefits of returning will be shared throughout the entire football family.

“I’m glad to confirm today that a third of matches to finish the season will now be free to view including the Liverpool v Everton derby and live Premier League football will be on the BBC for the first time in its history.”

He said the Government is also focusing on getting grassroots sports and women’s teams “back up and running”.

“Visibility matters, and our daughters deserve to see female athletes on the main stage,” he said.