THE joys of playing sports have returned with golf and tennis following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The Welsh Government lifted the ‘stay at home’ requirements and replaced them with ‘stay local’ as of Saturday, March 13, which saw the opening of outdoor sports at golf courses and tennis clubs.

The specified relaxations also mean people can leave their homes and travel within their local area, usually within five miles, however this is flexible for people who live in rural areas.

Golf must be played with a maximum of four people from two households, however children under 11 and carers do not count towards this limit.

Meanwhile tennis payers including singles and doubles must be from the same household.

Clubhouse facilities, locker rooms and professional shops must remain closed, however toilets and washrooms are allowed to open according to coronavirus safety requirements.

As the rules were eased, players returned to Prestatyn Tennis Club courts at 10am on the Saturday.

The tennis club said in a social media post: “First post lockdown 2021 players on court at 10am today. The smiles say it all. Glad to be back.

“Only singles or doubles if players from the same household at the moment but it’s great to be back!”

Rhyl Golf Club is allowing visitors back to play golf in pairs with pre-booking.

The club said: “Only one nine-hole round per day for now but we should be able to relax this soon.

“Can’t wait to see you all back here.”