Outdoor sport facilities can now re-open

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Outdoor sports facilities including basketball courts, tennis courts and golf courses, can now re-open in line with Welsh Government guidelines.

Carmarthenshire County Council owned facilities are beginning to re-open in line with the guidelines, however users should be aware of new measures that have been put in place to ensure they are used safely. We continue to ask people to Respect, Protect, Enjoy.

You are advised to check directly with each of the below county council owned facilities to see if their facilities are open. 

Please check this list before your visit as it could be subject to change.

Here are some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your visit, and advice for facility providers:

As of the Welsh Government review on the 12th March, no more than 4 people from 2 households will be able to meet in their local area outdoors. Children under 11 and carers do not count towards this limit. There must be no indoors mixing and social distancing should be followed.

Welsh Ministers are required to review the need for the requirements and restrictions in the regulations every 21 days.

As the scientific and medical advice changes in relation to the number of Coronavirus cases and deaths in Wales the regulations will change.

Visit the Welsh Government website for the latest advice for organised outdoor activities.

As of the Welsh Government review on the 12th March, sports clubs are not able to return at the moment.

Welsh Ministers are required to review the need for the requirements and restrictions in the regulations every 21 days.

As the scientific and medical advice changes in relation to the number of Coronavirus cases and deaths in Wales the regulations will change.

In response to this each National Governing Body for Sport will issue their own guidelines returning to sport. Please visit their website or contact your National Governing Body for more information.

Visit the Welsh Government website for the latest advice for organised outdoor activities.

The Welsh Government has issued advice on the return of organised outdoor activity, however it is up to each National Governing Body (NGB) to ensure that this can be carried out, and take place safely and responsibly.

In the planning for the safe return to sport each NGB will provide regulations that clubs and organisations will have to follow to mitigate the risk of increasing the spread of Coronavirus. These will include regulations around social distancing, sharing of equipment and Test, Trace, Protect.

In line with these regulations NGB’s will issue their own guidelines and advice on what activities are safe to do whether playing a match is feasible.

For some outdoor, non or low contact sports, the return to competition will be sooner than those indoors and high contact.

Please contact your NGB for more information.

National Governing Bodies (NGB) and clubs should ensure that activity organisers are aware of the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect strategy and of their organisation’s requirements to comply with that strategy, as well as the associated GDPR implications of retaining and making available people’s personal information as needed, both in terms of officials and players in the recreational sport setting.

Activity organisers should support Test, Trace, Protect by collecting information on participants at both training and matches. Each sport / NGB will determine in their action plan or guidance the process their sport will go through to enable Test, Trace, Protect efforts to happen, by clearly explaining the way in which all information on participants will be collected at both training and matches.

Outdoor sports facilities are managed by a range of organisations, including sports clubs, the county council, town and community councils, and private operators. County council owned facilities are listed above, but please check directly with other organisations as to whether their facilities are open.

Your ability to attend a facility will be affected by multiple factors, and you should check and consider these carefully.

This would include national advice from Welsh Government, for example any travel and shielding regulations and guidelines.

This would also include local advice from Carmarthenshire County Council, for example car parks or toilets supporting facilities being open/closed and how they are operating.

The facility provider is also likely to have measures in place you would need to check and consider, for example controlling the number of users at any one time to comply with regulations and guidelines.

 

Any activity at the facility must comply with Welsh Government regulations and guidelines, which currently restrict contact and team sports. This advice can be found on the Welsh Government website.

Activity will also be affected, for example, by how many people/households can come together, and the social distancing required.

Whilst the facility will need to ensure compliance, users must also take personal responsibility and only be active in a compliant way.

Not necessarily - most indoor facilities will not be allowed to open. If outdoor sports facilities are in a venue that has ancillary facilities such as a clubhouses, catering, toilets, changing/locker rooms, playgrounds and indoor activity areas, they will be subject to restrictions allowing those facilities to open.

Wales’ First Minister’s announcement on 12th March 2021 explained that outdoor ‘sports facilities’, including basketball courts, tennis courts and golf courses, can reopen across Wales. Club activity and bookings are still not permitted at this stage.

National regulations and guidance are issued and updated accordingly on the Welsh Government website.

No, you should only open your facility when it is right to do so. This may mean:

  • you open your facility on 13th March in accordance with Welsh Government guidelines;
  • that you delay your opening to meet these government guidelines;
  • or, you remain closed.

This is your choice and should be carefully considered to ensure it is the right thing for the provider and the public.

Communication is key – ensure you keep your members/users informed of your decision, ideally with your reasons. If they know why you have made the decision you have, there is a greater chance of understanding and you receiving less queries.

It is critical that each facility operator considers all guidance carefully before opening. This includes Welsh Government guidance and any Sport Specific guidance from the relevant National Governing Body.

A thorough risk assessment should be completed, and activity is likely to take place in an adapted format to ensure compliance with regulations, e.g. social distancing, number of households/participants, location participants are travelling from, etc.

Communication is key – ensure you keep your members/users informed of your decision, ideally with your reasons. If they know why you have made the decision you have, there is a greater chance of understanding and you receiving less queries.

Restrictions remain in place regarding indoor facilities, and you must check and adhere to relevant Welsh Government guidance. You may not be able to open your clubhouses, catering, toilets, changing/locker rooms, retail and indoor activity areas may be part of your venue but they will not be able to open unless this has been advised by government and any required measures put in place by the provider.

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