4,000 fans could attend Cymru v Albania fixture


Aaron Ramsey (Image: FAW)

The Welsh Government has released a proposed list of pilot test events to take place over the forthcoming weeks as Covid-19 restrictions ease.


It says it is working with partners on the delivery of pilot test events which will develop processes and guidance that will allow the safe return of events across the country.


The Welsh Government says that managing safe and successful test events will hopefully allow larger gatherings back to stadia, theatres, and other venues later this year.


Among the proposals would be to allow as many as 4,000 spectators to attend the Cymru v Albania game at Stadiwm Dinas Caerdydd on 5 June.


The capital's Eid celebration and Tafwyl have already been confirmed for this week, while discussions with other event owners are ongoing.


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.


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

  • Eid-al-Fitr: 12 May to 14 May (to be announced, date is agreed on the eve of the event), Cardiff, 300 to 500 attendees

  • Tafwyl Festival: 15 May, Cardiff, 500 attendees

  • League two play offs fixture Newport County AFC: 18 May, Rodney Parade

  • ICCW business event: 20 May, Newport, 100 invited attendees, indoors

  • Championships play offs fixture Swansea City AFC: 22 May, Liberty Stadium

  • Theatre Brycheiniog: 3 June to 4 June, Theatre Brycheiniog Brecon, Powys, 250 attendees

  • Glamorgan v Lancashire: 3 June to 6 June, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 750 to 1000 spectators

  • Wales v Albania: 5 June, Cardiff City Stadium, 4000 spectators

  • Fishguard Triathlon: 11 June and 12 June, Fishguard/St David’s, registered participants only


The First Minister 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."

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