OUTDOOR sport and leisure facilities are set to reopen in Southampton as restrictions are lifted.

The next step in the Government's roadmap will come into affect on Monday, allowing outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or two households.

As well as this, outdoor sports facilities will re-open again and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Southampton City Council is now urging residents to make use of the city's facilities including outdoor fitness equipment, lawn bowls, multi-use games areas, sports pitches and tennis courts whilst following guidance.

Dr Debbie Chase, Director of Public Health at Southampton City Council comments: “We all know how important exercise is for our physical and mental wellbeing and we’re fortunate to have such great open spaces with many outdoor sport facilities here in Southampton.

"As we begin to take the next steps of the Government’s roadmap, reopening things such as outdoor sport and leisure facilities gradually, it’s important that we continue to keep following guidance while vaccines are rolled out at speed because COVID has not disappeared.”