Crowds in Wales can return from January 21

Fans have been banned from Six Nations matches since 2020

Crowds at outdoor events in Wales can return from Friday January 21 after the Welsh Government announced the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions over the next two weeks.

Fans will now be able to watch Wales’ first home game against Scotland on February 12.

Rugby regions and football clubs in Wales can also now plan for the return of fans.

“There are very early positive signs,” Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said of the Covid rate in Wales.

Restrictions will be lifted as Wales is moving to alert level zero.

Outdoor events will be able to operate at full capacity from January 21 and indoor events will resume without restriction from Friday January 28.

Mr Drakeford said Omicron cases were coming ‘quickly’ and the rules could be relaxed ‘gradually’.

The Welsh government also highlighted the success of the recall campaign by allowing it to lift restrictions, with 1.8 million given an extra dose.

“From tomorrow (Saturday 15th January), the number of people who can participate in an outdoor event will increase from 50 to 500, then on Friday of next week, 21st January, all outdoor activities will increase to the level of zero alert,” says Drakeford.

“(There will be) no limit to the number of people who can participate in outdoor activities, crowds will be able to return to sporting events and outdoor hospitality able to operate as they would have done earlier in the pandemic.

“Provided the numbers continue to decline, on January 28 we will move to alert level zero for all indoor activities and premises…hospitality able to operate indoors as it would have done before.

Cardiff City, Swansea City, Newport County and Wrexham will all be able to have fans in attendance from next weekend, however Swansea are the only team with a home game on Saturday January 22 when Preston North End visit the Championship.

Swansea boss Russell Martin welcomed the development.

“It’s really positive and fantastic news for everyone, not just for football but for society in general,” he said.

“The numbers seem to be going in the right direction, so the restrictions can be lifted. Hopefully this is the last time we have to deal with this.”

Scarlets will be able to welcome back fans for the European Champions Cup home game against Bristol on Saturday 22 January.

Crowds will be permitted when the Wales and the Department of Premier resume on February 8 after a break caused in December 2021 by Welsh Government crowd regulations.

The top female fight, the Adran Prime, will return on February 13, while the South and North Cymru will resume on February 4 and 5.

Friday 28th January will see fans return to Rodney Parade for Dragons against Benetton in the United Rugby Championship, while the following day fans will be able to attend Ospreys against Edinburgh and Cardiff against Leinster.

Crowds will be allowed for indoor events starting Friday, January 28.

In ice hockey, Cardiff Devils will have to play three more home games behind closed doors before fans can return to Ice Arena Wales for their Elite League game with the Fife Flyers on Friday January 28.

Indoor events resuming from January 28 give the green light for Welsh boxer Liam Williams’ middleweight fight with Chris Eubank Jr at Motorpoint Arena on Saturday February 5 to take place after fears. be moved to another location.

Premier League Darts will also now be able to welcome supporters at the same location on Thursday 3 February.

park run events can also come back after being suspended since January 1.

The development also allows the English club Chester, whose stadium is on the Welsh side of the border between Wales and England, welcome back fans at their home matches in the National League North.

Mr Drakeford urged caution, as any restrictions lifted are data dependent.

“If the numbers keep going down, that’s what we can do. We’re following the data and we’re following the science.”

Scotland plans to remove its restrictions on sporting crowds from Monday 17 January.

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