Should banned sport still be allowed to continue in lockdown?

We asked our readers what they thought about the fact that sports such as golf and tennis are banned during lockdown.

The response was very interesting.

Christine Joan Hancock said on the Littlehampton Gazette Facebook page: "Golf and tennis as long as social distancing is maintained are excellent ways of exercising. Exercise is essential for physical and mental health."

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Stuart smith added: "Played golf on Wednesday, no one in front and no one behind... idyllic!!! Went for a walk on Thursday along Littlehampton Promenade confronted by hundreds, Garden Centres open selling everything... I don't get it, makes no sense what so ever."

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"This allowed many young families to have 2 to 4 hours of interaction outside of the home, exercise, and dare I say fun....working people that found themselves at home allowed to exercise and older members of the community allowed to exercise and socially interact albeit from a social distance.

"Mental health is a major concern in these times, being outside exercising and distracting our minds in those trying times can only be a bonus. Golf is a pretty solitary sport in itself but I can tell you from experience it has helped to keep many many people of all ages a little more able to cope in the darkest times.

"We still operate under a COVID safe plan. We have been free of COVID for a number of months in Queensland. I have family in Eastbourne who have been known to play golf, it would be nice to think they can benefit from this as I and many others here have."

Crawley reader Ron Philpot added: "A generation of children will be lost to grass root sports if we continue to stop them participating."

However, other readers said it was right to ban the sports.

Beverley Butler Pierce wrote: "No. It will be another example of confusion on what you can and can't do!"

And this was reiterated by Sally Jolly from Eastbourne who wrote "Once you start making 'exceptions' people start justifying their own 'exceptions'. We've all got to swallow it, get on with it, no-one is a special case."