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Thursday, 13 June 2024 – 08:25

Pilot test events to get underway in Wales this week

A proposed list of pilot test events to take place over the coming weeks has been announced by the Welsh Government as restrictions continue to be relaxed across the country.

Much like in other parts of the UK, the Welsh Government is working on the delivery of pilot events which will allow the development of processes and guidance for the safe return of events in Wales later in the year.

Among the events planned to take place, Cardiff’s Eid at the Castle celebration is planned for this week with 300-500 people permitted to be in attendance. This Saturday, the Tafwyl Festival – an annual festival celebrating the Welsh language, arts and culture – is due to take place in Cardiff with 500 attendees. 

The biggest pilot event is set to take place on 5th June, with 4,000 people to be permitted to attend the Cardiff City Stadium as Wales host Albania in a Euro 2020 friendly. 

Each of the events will have a testing protocol in place, as well as tailored risk assessments. The pilots come following the first nightclub pilot in Liverpool at the end of April.

Speaking about the pilot events, 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.”

The full list of events is as follows;

Eid-al-Fitr 12-14 May Cardiff 300-500 attendees
Tafwyl Festival 15 May Cardiff 500 attendees
League Two Play-Offs 18 May Rodney Parade TBC
ICW Business Event 20 May Newport 100 attendees
Championship Play-Offs 22 May Liberty Stadium TBC
Theatre Brycheiniog 3-4 June Powys 250 attendees
Glamorgan vs Lancashire 3-6 June  Cardiff 750-1000 spectators
Wales vs Albania 5 June Cardiff 4000 spectators
Fishguard Triathlon 11-12 June Fishguard/St Davids Registered participants only
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