THE tennis courts and bowling green in Tenbury are open again.

For the first time in months because of a combination of the Covid-19 restrictions and winter, people in the town are able to play tennis or enjoy a game of bowls.

But it will not be play as usual because social distancing rules will still apply and people will not be able to change or meet indoors.

The public health chief in Worcestershire, Dr Kathryn Cobain, has warned that despite better news and a strong early roll out of the vaccination programme the threat is far from over.

“We can begin to reunite with family and friends,” said Dr Cobain, the director of public health.

“I know how much we have all missed seeing our loved ones during the last year, and how much we are all missing the day to day normal life we would usually be leading. I know this is a huge milestone for us all but it is really important we do all we can do to stay safe whilst we are seeing and catching up with others.

“I know you are well aware of the hand, face, space steps, by now it has become a part of all our everyday lives.

“Our vaccine programme in Worcestershire is progressing well, giving us real reasons for positivity and hope as we look forward to the Spring and even further ahead. Our vaccine take up remains high and I would encourage all those eligible to take up the offer of a vaccine when it is offered to you.

“These rule changes are a step in the right direction, brighter times are ahead. Please remember your actions now will shape our future. Please continue to do all you can to stay safe, follow the guidelines as we look forward.”

If all goes well the next stage in the easing of restrictions will come on April 12 when non-essential shops including hairdressers and nail bars will reopen along with zoos and theme parks. Full restrictions are scheduled to be lifted in June 21.