A Welsh Conservative MP has said that she will not be attending the Wales v Scotland match which is going ahead tomorrow, saying that it is “just not clever”.
Today Public Health Wales reported 13 new cases in Wales, taking the total to 38, including first cases in Anglesey and Flintshire.
However, the Welsh Rugby Union confirmed that the game would be going ahead, saying that they had been in dialogue with Welsh Assembly Government minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething.
The WRU said they had followed the scientific advice of government, Public Health Wales and medical experts and determined that any game would be held based on that advice.
The UK Government have also said that sporting fixtures should go ahead, although other Pro14 Rugby, The Premier League, and the Football League have suspended all matches.
Despite the reassurances, Fay Jones, the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, said she would not be attending Wales v Scotland.
“I was super excited about going to Wales v Scotland but I won’t be going,” she said,
“The Premier League is suspended and no other 6 Nations fixtures are going ahead. No one loves the rugby more than me but it’s just not clever.”
Yesterday Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price called for the Six Nations match to be postponed to a later date.
Mr Price said that “social distancing” could “smooth the curve” and delay the spread of the virus and suggested a package of contingency measures the Welsh Government could adopt which would be to instruct people to work from home where possible, close schools and colleges, and ramp up testing and set up temporary care units.
“All mass gatherings and events should be postponed or cancelled with immediate effect – that would mean no indoor gatherings larger than 100 and no outdoor gathering larger than 500,” he said.
“The Six Nations match in Cardiff this weekend postponed to a later date. Testing should be ramped up and temporary care units need to be set up.
“All political leaders must realise that the actions we take now, today, could mean the difference between life and death later on. We owe it to our people and our communities to do the right thing. The public will expect nothing less.”
But Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said advice cancelling events would not make a difference in saving lives.
Mr Gething told a press conference that politicians, including those in the opposition, should take a “responsible approach” and should not try to suggest “there is public health advice to take a step when actually it does not exist”.
“The challenge about larger events is that the science doesn’t tell us it really makes a difference either in significantly delaying the peak of the outbreak or indeed in terms of saving life,” he said.
However, he said a recommendation the Scottish Government has made, that large events should not go ahead from next week, is also being considered in Wales.
Yesterday Welsh Labour announced they were cancelling their own party conference, following the cancellations of the Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat conferences.