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Pilot events get underway in Wales as Covid-19 restrictions ease

11 May 2021 3 minutes Read
Tafwyl at Cardiff Castle last year

Pilot events are getting underway as the Covid-19 restrictions continue to relax in Wales.

The Welsh Government has announced a proposed list of events to take place over the forthcoming weeks.

It says it is working with partners on the delivery of events which will develop processes and guidance that will allow the safe return of events in Wales.

If the test events programme is safe and successful test it will hopefully allow larger gatherings back to stadiums, theatres and other venues in Wales later this year.

Cardiff’s Eid at the Castle celebration and Tafwyl have been confirmed for this week while discussions with other event owners are ongoing.

The proposed list of all nine pilot test events is as follows:

  • Eid-al-Fitr

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

‘Long and difficult’

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.”

The events have been selected in discussion with the Welsh Government’s project board for the test event programme and event owners. A testing protocol and risk assessment will be tailored for each event.

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