Followers can return to soccer matches, rugby matches and sporting occasions in Wales as Parkrun can resume
Sports fans have received the long-awaited green light to return to thousands of live events in Wales.
Starting Monday June 7th, large, organized outdoor gatherings and events – such as football and rugby matches, concerts, and sports activities – can accommodate up to 4,000 people without seats and 10,000 people with seats.
This means that parkrun events and other organized running groups can also resume their activities.
The Welsh government said all organizers planning events and activities must conduct a risk assessment and also take steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including social distancing.
This latest announcement by the Welsh Government comes as First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed that Wales would follow a gradual transition to Coronavirus Level 1 Alert, with outdoor events opening first.
This opens the door for fans to participate in the U20s Six Nations, which will be held exclusively in Cardiff at the Cardiff Arms Park from June 19 to July 13.
Three of the four Welsh rugby regions will be playing for the PRO14 Rainbow Cup finals on the weekend of June 12th – the first weekend after the rule change – but only two are on home soil followed by a ‘North v’ South ‘final in Treviso, Italy, a week later.
The Ospreys host Benetton on Saturday June 12th at Brewery Field in Bridgend and the Scarlets host Edinburgh on Sunday June 13th at Parc y Scarlets. While these regions may welcome fans, it is at their discretion and they may choose to postpone the fans’ return until the new season as they have little more than a week in advance to prepare. The Dragons meet against Leinster in Dublin on Friday 11 June.
As for football, the Wales Women face Scotland in a friendly at Parc y Scarlets on Tuesday 15th June. Information on whether fans can participate comes direct from the Wales Football Association.
Swansea City, Cardiff City and Newport County will all resume their promotions when the new season kicks off on the weekend of August 7th.
The recent easing of coronavirus restrictions on sporting events in Wales means fans can return to live games en masse for the first time since March 2020.
Other rule changes, which will come into effect on June 7th, include allowing up to 30 people to meet outdoors in Wales while social distancing,
Ministers will re-examine the public health situation before June 21st to see if indoor events can resume. Government officials say a two-step approach is making it possible to vaccinate more people.
Other changes to indoor activities to be considered later in June include an increased number of indoor events and the reopening of ice rinks.
Mr Drakeford said: “I want to thank everyone in Wales for everything they have done to control the spread of the coronavirus and keep rates down. The advent of the Delta variant (also known as the Indian variant) shows that the pandemic is not over and we all must continue to take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
“The risk of infection is significantly lower outdoors than indoors. It is for this reason that we are classifying the changes in this three week cycle. This will allow more people to enjoy outdoor events and take advantage of the Welsh summer as we continue. ”Roll out the vaccination program to all adults.
“We’ll be reviewing the public health situation in a couple of weeks to see if we can further relax restrictions and resume indoor events.”
It comes after several pilot events have been held at Welsh sports games in the past few weeks, with some testing events still pending.
- Newport County’s League Two play-off semifinals against the Forest Green Rovers at Rodney Parade on May 18, which was attended by around 900 fans.
- Four days later, Swansea City fans returned to Liberty Stadium for the first time in 14 months to watch their team beat Barnsley and advance to the final of the championship play-offs at Wembley. Around 3,000 Swans fans attended the Liberty on May 22nd.
- Glamorgan versus Lancashire at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff between June 3rd and 6th will welcome between 750 and 1,000 spectators.
- Welsh football fans will return to their first live game on Saturday 5th June when 4,000 spectators will see Gareth Bale and Co. in action in the final against Albania ahead of the 2020 Euro.
- The Fishguard Triathlon will also be held June 11-12, with registered participants at Fishguard and St David’s only.