People will be allowed to exercise with up to five others from Monday, the Government has announced.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed that from next week up to six people from different households will be able to exercise outdoors, provided they follow social distancing measures.

It means those in sports teams can resume their fitness, train together, and do conditioning sessions, that don’t involve physical contact.

People from different households must stat two meters apart.

He told the Downing Street conference: “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.

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

He described it as another 'important and vital step'.

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

"For a sport-loving nation, this really is a significant milestone."

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden

Today it was also announced that live sport, including football, would be making a return to our TV screens.

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.”