WITH the country now back in a tougher national lockdown, sport will be extremely limited for the foreseeable future.

Under Tier 4 restrictions, most sports facilities were forced to close but the likes of outdoor gyms and golf courses were allowed to stay open.

However, under the new rules, they now must close.

The Government has confirmed that elite sport can continue, so professional sportsmen and women will be allowed to continue competing and training with matches being held behind closed doors.

The FA have announced an immediate suspension of all "non-elite" football in line with the new restrictions.

Here are the new rules regarding sport:

- Elite sportspeople (and their coaches if necessary, or parents/guardians if they are under 18) - or those on an official elite sports pathway - to compete and train

- Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed

- Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close

- Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue

Exercise is among the limited reasons people are now allowed to leave their homes under the new lockdown announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

- by yourself

- with the people you live with

- with your support bubble ( if you are legally permitted to form one)

- in a childcare bubble where providing childcare

- or, when on your own, with one person from another household

Public outdoor places include:

- parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests

- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)

- the grounds of a heritage site

- playgrounds