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Derbyshire MP calls for golf and fishing to be allowed once lockdown is relaxed

A Derbyshire MP has called for restrictions on non-contact sports to be lifted when the UK’s lockdown is relaxed.

Pauline Latham, who represents Mid Derbyshire, believes people should be able to play golf and go fishing, as long as they comply with social distancing rules.

The Conservative politician added bowls and tennis should also be allowed to return, as it was possible for players to stay two metres apart.

She said: “I think people need to be encouraged to do what they can to improve mental health at this difficult time.

“Sport plays a key role and golf and angling are obvious ones where they could be played without danger. Golf and fishing are, by their nature, sports which are played well away from anyone else.

“It seems to me that people are much closer when they go to a supermarket or DIY store.

“It also occurs to me that bowls and tennis are sports which the two-metre proximity rule could be maintained.”

Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham

Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham

The local MP’s comments coincided with post-lockdown guidelines from England Golf, which were issued earlier this week.

These included clubs organising a system of booking and allocation of tee times which ensures the safety of staff and golfers. There would also be a minimum of 10-minute intervals between tee times with longer intervals more appropriate depending on the club.

Mrs Latham also named cricket as another sport which could be played under social distancing rules.

She added: “I think that a form of cricket could be played as long as umpires ensured fielders maintained their distance from each other.

“I am not saying that clubhouses or dressing rooms should be opened but they don’t need to be for people to enjoy their sport.

“When the first phase of lockdown is relaxed, we need to think out of the box to make sure that Covid-19 doesn’t see a second spike while also considering the mental and economic health of the nation.”

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