Welsh Sports Association on the First Minister’s Coronavirus Update – 4th June 2021
The First Minister, Mark Drakeford, announced in his press conference on Friday 4th June 2021, that Wales will start the transition towards alert level 1 as of Monday 7th June 2021. The notable highlight was the relaxation of gathering numbers for outdoor venues and organised activities.
As of the 7th June 2021, a maximum of 4,000 people can gather in a standing venue and 10,000 can meet at a seated venue, subject to risk assessments and approval by local authorities. This comes as a result of a successful pilot programme that proved that larger events can run safety.
In the press conference, it was noted that events such as ‘Park Runs’ will be able to start soon and ‘Fan Zones’ for the upcoming Football European Championships will be allowed in principle – however the return of any larger events are subject to the organisers risk assessment. The First Minister justified this move by noting research that outlined a 15-20 times lower risk of infection outdoors than in indoor venues.
The next review, on the 21st June 2011, will focus on indoor events once the government receive more clarity around the ‘Delta’ variant that is spreading in the UK. It is hopeful that the full transition to alert level 1 will be approved by this point, with numbers who can gather indoors being increased in line with the Coronavirus Control Plan.
In addition, the Economic Resilience Fund has been extended for businesses who continue to be affected by the measures in the Coronavirus regulations after the 7th June 2021.
Amendments to the regulations are available here and should be carefully read before beginning to organise larger scale events.
If any WSA members have any questions or queries regarding the new regulations – please contact the WSA team.