The rules on exercise, sporting events, children’s matches and gymnasiums in Wales from Boxing Day


Wales will see new Covid regulations introduced from 6am on Boxing Day which will affect various parts of our lives as the Welsh Government tries to slow the spread of Omicron.

Professional and popular sports, gym goers, fitness classes and children’s sports will all be affected.

Here is an overview of the new rules in Wales from December 26:

professional sports

Professional sport in Wales will have to be played behind closed doors without fans.

It’s a blow as it would normally be one of the busiest times of the year for fans attending festive sporting fixtures.

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips has estimated that every Welsh Derby or European game played without fans would mean a loss of more than £100,000 per game.

The Welsh Government has announced a £3million spectator sports fund to support affected venues.

Read more: Welsh rugby boss warns of ‘potentially catastrophic situation’ amid fan ban


From Boxing Day, Level Two alert measures will mean that there is a general social distancing requirement of two meters in all premises open to the public, where reasonable, and this of course includes gymnasiums .

There is no limit to the number of members who attend a gym if they exercise separately. See below what this means for fitness classes.

Indoor events

The maximum number of people who can gather at an indoor event will be 30.

In sporting terms, this would probably most often apply to fitness and exercise classes.

External events

The maximum number of people who can gather at an outdoor event will be 50.

This will have an impact on organized festive swims, with the Porthcawl Christmas Day swim already cancelled.

And the spectators?

There will be an exception for team sports that allows up to 50 spectators to gather and watch, in addition to participants.

Read more: Mark Drakeford explains why you can watch sport inside the pub but not outside in a stadium

Read more: The Welsh Government’s 50-spectator rule forces rugby clubs to ask how they will police it

What about children’s events?

There is also an exception for events involving children.

The Welsh Government has said there is no limit to activities for the wellbeing or development of children under 18.

park run

Parkrun 5k events in Wales will be suspended from January 1. Junior parkrun, however, will continue for children ages 4-14 due to an exemption for children’s events.

A statement from parkrun said: “We know that some Welsh parkrun events regularly attract fewer than 50 people, but it would take a very small influx (at a typically very busy time of year) for them to exceed the limit. “

They say events scheduled for Christmas Day can go ahead as planned, but January 1 events will be cancelled.


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