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Cardiff outdoor sports and leisure courts reopen

A aerial view of the tennis courts in Hailey Park. Photo credit: Matthew Horwood

Welsh Government has announced that, from today (Monday 22nd June), all outdoor sport and leisure facilities, with the exception of playgrounds and outdoor gyms, are allowed to open.

The changes are part of a comprehensive package of measures being introduced step by step every Monday over the next three weeks. Pupils will return to schools on 29 June and the requirement to stay local will be lifted, if conditions allow on 6 July.

On Monday, a series of changes will be made to the coronavirus regulations – the main change will be to enable non-essential retail businesses to open.

They follow the fourth statutory review of the coronavirus regulations by Welsh Ministers, using the latest scientific and medical evidence from the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Cell (TAC) and the advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.

Monday’s changes include:

  • Enabling private prayer in places of worship where social distancing is maintained and gatherings do not take place;
  • Restarting the housing market by enabling house viewings to take place in vacant properties and house moves where a sale has been agreed but not yet completed;
  • Lifting the restrictions on outdoor sports courts but social distancing must be maintained. No contact or team sports will be allowed;
  • Enabling non-professional elite athletes, including Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, to resume training.
Photo credit: Matthew Horwood

As a result, all of Cardiff Council’s outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts and MUGAs (Multi-Use Games Areas) are in the process of being opened.

Safety inspections are currently being carried out and new signage being put in place to remind members of the public of the need to maintain the social distancing required under the terms of the Welsh Government lockdown restrictions.