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Michael Gove has to admit that he has new rules for the prohibition of the popular sport FALSE


Michael Gove had to admit today that he misunderstood new ban rules after suggesting that golf and individual tennis could still be allowed under the incoming public sports ban.

The Cabinet Office Minister said the rules for golf and singles tennis would be "fine-tuned", potentially allowing players to continue during the upcoming national suspension.

But the Tory Minister turned around today and apologized. He said he was wrong and that both golf and tennis clubs will be closed from Thursday.

The Surrey Heath MP made the comments during a live chat with the Surrey Residents Network that aired on social media.

When asked if people should be allowed to play doubles tennis, he said, “You will probably be able to play singles tennis. We want to allow people to play golf together. "

However, Mr Gove was quick to go back to his comments and apologized in a post on Twitter today.

He said, “I apologize, I misunderstood. Outdoor recreational facilities such as tennis courts and golf courses will be closed from Thursday.

Michael Gove had to admit today that he misunderstood new lockdown rules after suggesting that golf and individual tennis could take a break from the upcoming ban on grassroots sports

Mr Gove quickly traced his comments last night and apologized in a post on Twitter today

Mr Gove quickly traced his comments last night and apologized in a post on Twitter today

What are the government rules for the sport with the impending lockdown?

Under the new lockdown rules to be rolled out across England on Thursday, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centers, gyms and sports facilities will be closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centers, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centers will also be closed.

The ban also includes archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.

Popular sports, including youth football, will be banned under the new proposals.

Today's ex-Premier League footballer Robbie Savage has described the government's ban on children participating in popular sports as "nonsensical".

The former Wales international-turned BBC expert took a punch at the newly announced policy and said he "felt sorry for the generations of children who can't play".

His comments came after a petition to save grassroots sport was launched amid the impending coronavirus lockdown.

Under the new lockdown rules to be rolled out across England on Thursday, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centers, gyms and sports facilities will be closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centers, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centers will also be closed.

The ban also includes archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.

Popular sports, including youth football, will be banned under the new proposals.

During the football season, hundreds of thousands of children play youth football every weekend, with up to 60,000 teams across England.

The general ban on popular sport sparked a strong reaction from former soccer player Robbie Savage.

The general ban on popular sports sparked a strong reaction from Robbie Savage

The general ban on popular sports sparked a strong reaction from Robbie Savage

Professor Neil Ferguson warns the UK of another nationwide lockdown in the New Year if infection rates are not "substantially" cut.

Professor Neil Ferguson has warned that the UK could be in lockdown again in the New Year if infection rates are not lowered after a second national lockdown.

The Imperial College epidemiologist, nicknamed "Professor Lockdown," said a "significant" decrease in infection rates during the lockdown could ease measures over Christmas and "pose some risks".

The scientist also described how "on-off measures" can be expected in the event of a pandemic and how it is "quite possible" to re-examine the measures at the beginning of January.

His comments come after Boris Johnson was catapulted on Saturday to announce a four-week shutdown for England from Thursday to December 2 as coronavirus cases rose across the country.

Speaking to Times Radio Breakfast, he said, “If we can lower the infection rate significantly, we will be able to relax things better over Christmas than if they are still at current levels.

"Relaxation will inevitably bring some risks, it will lead to more transmission, but if it starts from a low level, the cost of it and the damage it entails will be less than the current level."

Professor Ferguson went on to say that the data on transmission rates would need to be reviewed over the next few weeks.

He continued, “In some ways, of course, it will be better to find the perfect measures to keep the transmission under control without the lock going in and out.

“Unfortunately, it is quite possible that we will have to repeat this again in early January or something.

"I really hope we don't, but I think everyone we've spoken to says we need to see what the data shows over the next few weeks and adjust the guidelines accordingly."

The die-hard former Derby and Leicester midfielder who is now a die-hard expert on BBC Radio Five Live said at the BBC breakfast this morning, "Sometimes you have to wonder if they (the government) are really talking to each other and they know what Do you?

“It's nonsensical and really wears me out.

"I just don't get it and I feel sorry for the generation of children who can't play mass sports and I'm not just talking about football, I am talking about all sports."

He added that it was "inconsistent" that schools were "right" to remain open but that sport was banned and that grassroots games were an "out" for some children – especially those on low incomes.

In the meantime, a petition has been launched calling on a government to reconsider banning amateur sport for young people.

The petition launched by Matt Brodie to Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims to collect 150,000 signatures.

It has been signed more than 90,000 times since it was launched two days ago.

The petition's page reads: “On October 31st, Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown in England until December 2nd.

& # 39; The transmission of the Covid 19 is known to be minimal outdoors. All grassroots clubs have policies and procedures in place to make football safer.

& # 39; This petition aims to fight grassroots football for YOUTH to go through the new restrictions.

Benefits include physical health maintained or increased during restrictions, mental health maintained or increased due to the social aspect of exercise, and weekly activity.

"It also improves parents' mental health. Taking your child and watching them supports adult mental health."

The chairman of the Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Julian Knight, called for golf courses and tennis courts to remain open.

And former DCMS Committee chair Damian Collins is one of a group of six MPs who have called on the government to allow those under the age of 18 to continue to participate in outdoor recreational sports during the lockdown.

In a letter to Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden, MPs wrote: “Young people are currently allowed to continue doing sports in school, and we believe that the risks for the spread of coronavirus through grassroots sports are minimal.

Former DCMS committee chairman Damian Collins is one of a group of six who have called on the government to allow those under the age of 18 to continue participating in recreational outdoor sports during the lockdown

The letter is addressed to Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden

Former DCMS committee chairman Damian Collins (pictured left) is one of a group of six MPs who have called on the government to allow those under the age of 18 to participate in recreational outdoor sports during the lockdown. The letter is addressed to Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden (right picture)

"However, there would be clear and lasting benefits for these young people if the government could support this."

However, Mr Dowden tweeted, "Unfortunately, we need to stop recreational sports outside of school to reduce the risk of transmission from shuffling households," he tweeted.

"As soon as we can take this up again, we will."

Despite the ban on popular games, top-class sports such as Premier League football can continue behind closed doors during the lockdown.

Non-elite football clubs were cleared for participation in the first round of the FA Cup this weekend under rigorous testing protocols.

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