Following the First Minister’s announcement today, Wales Adventure Tourism Organisation (WATO) has released the following statement which confirms that group activity by outdoor providers will now be permitted from Monday:
The Welsh Government has today announced that it “is making changes to the regulations to allow larger gatherings outdoors of up to 30 people where these are organised and supervised by a responsible person for sports and other leisure activities and classes” and that “the law in Wales will continue to make the 2m distance the default position because this remains the safest way to protect people’s health. But when 2m cannot reasonably be maintained, the regulations will require businesses to put in place a set of additional measures to minimise the risk of the virus spreading, including taking reasonable steps to minimise close face-to-face contact and maintain hygiene”.
To clarify, the provision of outdoor activities is allowed from Monday 13th July, in line with the changes to the regulations referred to above.
Welsh Government has also announced that “tourist accommodation with shared facilities, such as camping sites would open from 25 July 2020”.
The next formal review of the regulations is due by 30th July 2020. In advance of the next review, Welsh Government will work with local authorities and other operators to understand how gyms, leisure centres, fitness studios and swimming pools can make mitigations for a future opening. This would appear to include indoor climbing walls.
WATO will continue to provide regular updates as and when the situation changes.
The following checklists might be useful in helping you prepare for a resumption of activities:
- Pages 3-7 of the Outdoor Alliance Wales Post-Covid-19-Guidelines
- ‘Good to Go’ accreditation scheme for tourism businesses meeting Covid guidelines
- Welsh Government Tourism checklist editable version at: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-07/checklist-tourism- hospitality-businesses.odt or access different versions via https://gov.wales/tourism-and-hospitality-businesses-guidance-phased-reopening
Compiled by WATO 10.07.2020