The Welsh Government has announced it will run a set of pilot test events to take place over the next few weeks, as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.
The pilot test events will allow the Government to develop processes and guidance that will allow the safe return of events in Wales. It is hoped there will be a return to larger gatherings in theatres and stadiums later in the year if viable and safe to do so.
The proposed list of all nine pilot test events is as follows:
12-14th May (TBA-date is agreed on the eve of the event) | Cardiff | Attendees 300-500
- Tafwyl Festival
15th May | Cardiff | Attendees 500
- League Two Play Offs fixture Newport County AFC
18th May/Rodney Parade
- ICCW business event
20th May | Newport | Invited attendees 100 indoors
- Championships Play Offs fixture Swansea City AFC
22nd May | Liberty Stadium
- Theatre Brycheiniog
3th-4th June |Theatre Brycheiniog Brecon, Powys | Attendees 250
- Glamorgan v Lancashire
3-6th June | Sophia Gardens, Cardiff | Spectators 750-1000
- Wales v Albania
5th June | Cardiff City Stadium | Spectators 4000
- Fishguard Triathlon
11th and 12th June | Fishguard/St David’s | Registered participants only
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, said: “It’s been a long and difficult 18 months for the events industry in Wales – for event owners, those who depend on the sector for the work – and for those who long to see the return of live events to Wales. As we look at lifting the coronavirus restrictions in Wales we have worked closely with event organisers to establish a list of pilot test events which take in a range of different locations and types of event. This work is bringing us a step closer to a return to events in Wales, I’d like to thank these event owners and Local Authorities and Health Boards for their commitment in working with us and wish them well over the summer.
“These events are very different in nature and location but access of attendees – whether participants or spectators – is strictly controlled by the organisers and agreed in advance.
“We’re asking people to celebrate Eid differently again this year. I very much hope that celebrations at the castle are enjoyed by those with tickets. If you don’t have a ticket please celebrate safely with your immediate household or within support bubbles.”