Welsh Gov slammed because there are no pilot events ‘north of Brecon’
The Welsh Government has been slammed because there are no pilot events “north of Brecon”.
Plaid Cymru Senedd member, Mabon ap Gwynfor, was responding after a list of proposed events for the forthcoming weeks was announced.
According to the MS, the list “speaks volumes” for the Welsh Government’s “priorities” and he accused it of “ignoring” many suitable locations in the north.
The Welsh Government 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.
Responding the proposed list of pilot test events in Wales, Plaid Cymru MS for Dwyfor Meirionnydd Mabon ap Gwynfor said: “The fact that there are no pilot test events north of Brecon speaks volumes about the Labour Welsh Government’s priorities.
“Venues have struggled through the pandemic in all parts of the country and it is deeply regrettable that the pilot plan is ignoring the many suitable locations we have here across the region.
“If the government is serious about making sure that the north is not left behind its actions after the election must match its warm words before it.”
The 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.”