People in England can sunbathe in parks and enjoy unlimited exercise from this Wednesday under changes to the UK coronavirus lockdown measures.

Since March 23 exercise outside the confines of the home has been limited to just once a day and for no more than one hour a day.

This must be either alone or with members of the same household.

In the Prime Minister's highly anticipated address to the nation this evening, he encouraged people to spend time outdoors for leisure purposes, as long as they are socially distanced from others.

He encouraged people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise with members of their home.

So from Wednesday, you can sunbathe or sit and read a book in parks and beaches - but only if staying two metres apart from other households.

The Mirror also understands that from Wednesday you may meet someone from another household in public if you stay two metres apart and if there are only two of you - one from each household. You may also sit in the park together.

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People in England are allowed unlimited exercise

Boris Johnson said: "From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.

"You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household."

Golf courses and tennis courts will be allowed to open from Wednesday and angling and water sports will also to be allowed to resume on the same day.

It is also understood that you can swim in lakes and the sea as long as you’re socially distant - but not outdoor or indoor swimming pools.

Boris Johnson addressing the nation tonight

Changes this week relate to England only: in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland guidelines may be slightly different.

The changes are from Wednesday because legislation needs to be changed in Parliament.

The Mirror understands a draft 50-page plan has been drawn up to get the country back to normal.

Boris Johnson's road map is announced today

The Government's blueprint aims to to relax the lockdown in staggered steps between now and October.

Lockdown exercise was at risk of being banned altogether last month due to coronavirus rebels breaking the rules, Health Secretary Matt Hancock had warned.

The Cabinet Minister threatened to stop people going out for a walk as he blasted people for sunbathing during April's unprecedented hot weather.

Meanwhile, a new study indicated that regular exercise may actually reduce your risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) - a deadly complication of? coronavirus.

Researchers from the? University of Virginia ?say their findings ‘strongly support’ the possibility that exercise can prevent, or at least reduce, the severity of ARDS.