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Call to allow the return of spectators to semi-professional sports grounds

FOLLOWING the First Minister Mark Drakeford’s decision to bring forward the timetable to reopen indoor hospitality and other activities, Charlie Evans, Welsh Conservative candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd at the Senedd Election is calling on Welsh Government to go further and allow the return of spectators to semi-professional and amateur sports grounds.

Commenting, Mr Evans said: “With the most vulnerable in society now having been offered at least one vaccine dose and covid mortality plummeting thanks to the genius of the jabs, we must look at ways to continue the reopening of society. I am delighted that our hospitality sector has finally got the green light after the Welsh Labour Government’s dithering, but we must now go further.

“The events of the last week with the scandalous European Super League proposal has shown the importance of fans, and spectators have been denied that opportunity to cheer on their local club since the pandemic began. In semi-professional and amateur sports settings, attendance is relatively modest and crowds can be easily distanced. So, it’s time to let the fans back in. And our clubs have been starved of cash. This is absolutely the right time for clubs to be able to generate ticket revenues again.”

Dwyfor Meirionnydd is home to sports clubs across the sporting pyramid, including Bala Town FC who currently sit third in the Cymru Premier.  

To allow for the safe return of fans, Mr Evans is calling for risk assessments to be produced; pre-match visits from the local authority; hand sanitiser stations to be in every turnstile; exclusively online ticket sales; two metre social distancing to be in place and the use of NHS Test and Trace.