Due to an increase in coronavirus infections, all sporting events in Wales will be closed from Boxing Day.

  • Boxing Day will see the close-doors of Wales for sporting events 
  • These measures will slow the spread of Omicron coronavirus variant. 
  • Measures will affect football, rugby and Welsh Grand National. 

The Welsh government announced that all sporting events will take place behind closed doors starting Boxing Day because of the rise in coronavirus infections.

Vaughan Gething, Economy Minister, announced new measures to encourage indoor and outdoor sports events as a way of slowing the Omicron variant’s spread.

Gething stated that the biggest highlights of the year are the sporting events held over Christmas. The new Omicron variant could lead to a lot of infections.

All sporting events in Wales - including Cardiff City and Swansea City home games - will take place behind closed doors from Boxing Day

Every sporting event in Wales, including Cardiff City’s home games, will be held behind closed doors starting on Boxing Day

“We must do all we can to prevent the spread of this terrible virus and protect our health.

“Throughout the pandemic, we followed public and scientific health advice in order to protect people. It is obvious that we must act immediately in order to counter the Omicron threat. As much as possible, we are notifying the public of these changes.

Crowds will soon return. Everybody should have the opportunity to play their preferred sports.

The ruling will affect the Cardiff United Rugby Championship match against Scarlets, and Wrexham’s National League fixture against Solihull, both of which are scheduled for December 26.

Wales' economy minister Vaughan Gething announced the new measures amid a rise in Covid

Vaughan Gething, Wales’ economic minister, announced new measures in response to an increase in Covid

The Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, despite the fact that advance tickets have been sold for more than 6,000, will be held behind closed doors.

Cardiff City’s Championship fixture against Coventry has been postponed already due to an outbreak of coronavirus in Bluebirds camp.

First EFL fixture to be affected: Swansea’s Championship match with Luton on December 29.

Cardiff City stated in a statement that it had received instructions from Welsh officials for sports events to take place behind closed doors in Wales for a short time to reduce the spread of Omicron variant.

The Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Racecourse will also be held behind closed doors

Behind closed doors, the Welsh Grand National will take place at Chepstow Racecourse

“Following our Boxing Day fixture at Coventry City, we are now able to immediately affect our FA Cup Third Round tie against Preston North End on the 9th of January.”

Gething confirmed that a £3million Spectator Sports Fund will be available to support those clubs affected by the loss of spectator revenue.

Chepstow Racecourse Chief Executive Phil Bell foresaw the change last week and told BBC Wales that he had “seen this coming” in recent days.

‘It would be damaging – we’ve currently sold 6,000 tickets – an average price £35 – so people can do the maths. Around 800 people have booked hospitality packages at around £80 to £120 – there are significant amounts of revenue at stake here.’