The Welsh Government have announced that due to the improving coronavirus situation in Wales dates for the return of sport have been brought forward.
[Updated April 9th]
Following pressure from sports bodies, including BMC, Welsh Government have released a statement, relaxing Covid restrictions in Wales sooner than expected given the improving picture.
As we understand:
• Outdoor Group activity for up to 30 adults can restart from the 26 April, where it had previously been the 3 May.
• Indoor sporting facilities, including gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools will be able to reopen on the 3 May for individual activity, previously it had been the 10th May.
• Gatherings of up to 15 indoors for exercise classes etc will return on the 17th May, as previously planned.
This is excellent news for the sector. Further information is available in a written statement on the Welsh Government website.
[Updated March 26th 13.00]
With both the rate of infection and the number of hospital admissions from Covid dropping quickly in Wales (which now has the lowest infection rates in the UK), Welsh Government carried out its three-weekly review of the Public Health Regulations and its associated guidance for Wales on March 26th.
In brief, the new regulations state:
An end to the stay local rules, effective from Saturday March 27th. People living in Wales can travel anywhere within Wales for the purpose of excercise, recreation or to holiday.
Cross border travel, either to or from England, for exercise or recreation is still not permitted, unless its for the purpose of work, education, medical treatement or one of the other specific "reasonable excuses" mentioned in the regulations.
Fully self contained holiday accomodation can re-open but only for a single households and only for people living in Wales. Some campsites are open for those with fully self contained camper vans or motorhomes.
Six people from two separate households are allowed to meet outdoors.
Organised outdoor activities for adults, such as club meets are still not permitted.
Travelling in shared private transport is not allowed unless it’s with people from the same household.
Organised sports for U18's are now permitted but must be formally organised by an NGB, a club or organsiation.
Police forces in Wales are carrying out spot checks to ensure compliance with the regulations and these are likley to increase over the Easter holiday period.
Some popular areas have bylaws and local restricions in place that prohibit overnight roadside or car park camping (e.g. Pembrokshire) and these are likley to be strongly enforced.
What to expect next?
Next review is on April 12th
It is expected that single house households from anywhere in the UK will be allowed to book and stay in fully self-contained accommodation from April 12th.
Cross border travel for holidays will be permitted if England eases the current restrictions on travel.
Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 persons are likely to be allowed.
Gyms and indoor climbing walls are expected to remain closed until the end of April.
The links to the updates Welsh Government guidance will be here when Welsh Government publish the details late on Friday March 26th.
The latest Welsh Government statement gives further details of today's announcement.
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