On Monday, 7 June the FAW released information in relation to the return of spectators following the Welsh Government announcement that COVID-19 restrictions are to be eased for regulated outdoor events.
The return of spectators to adult matches outdoors will be phased following the completion of several FAW test events over the next fortnight.
This is designed to test the FAW’s Return of Spectators Protocols so that all clubs will soon be able to welcome fans back to their grounds and comply with the Welsh Government regulations.
The conformed test events are as follows including their maximum attendances:
- Bangor 1876 vs Colwyn Bay (100 max)
- Goytre v Afan Lido (100 max)
- Penrhiwceiber Ranger v Risca United (100 max)
- Carmarthen Town v Pontardawe Town (100 max)
- Airbus UK Broughton v Bala Town (200 max)
- Newtown v Llanidloes Town (250 max)
The FAW has worked with the home clubs to determine their safe capacities at social distancing for their first match under the new protocols.
Documentation for clubs can be found in the COVID-19 Hub.
RETURN OF SPECTATORS FAQs
The maximum number of adults that can attend is 100 alongside an unlimited number of U18s to ensure Social Distancing can be always maintained. It is recommended that no more than 2 adults (e.g. parent/guardian) per player attends.
The FAW are currently in the Test Event Phase for the return of spectators for adult matches, so only FAW Test Events can have spectators. Following the anticipated success of these events, generally, the maximum number of adults that can attend is 100 alongside an unlimited number of U18s to ensure Social Distancing can be always maintained.
However, clubs which expect demand of over 100 spectators can make a request to the FAW for a site visit in order to demonstrate how it can manage over 100 spectators safely, whilst ensuring social distancing can be met at all times.
Why are the FAW issuing these limits if the Welsh Government Regulations allow for up to 4,000 standing or mix of seating and standing?
This is to encourage social distancing at all times. Spectating at football matches is a fundamental part of the sport and it's important that people feel safe and comfortable at all times, whilst also ensuring that the risk of spread is minimized.
If the facility provider allows more or less people, the Club must revert to the lowest common denominator.
Clubs should consult with their facility provider to determine if the number of spectators permitted at the venue is less than the number permitted by the FAW and to determine what level of responsibility the club has in managing spectators at a public park.
Once this has been determined, clubs must:
- Complete an updated risk assessment and share this with the facility provider.
- Put measures in place to ensure spectators maintain 2m social distancing from each other and be at least 2m away from the field of play.
- Ensure that any person(s) present on premises occupied by the Club are reasonably safe by communicating this guidance clearly.
The FAW made several requests to the Welsh Government for its own Test Event at a smaller stadium to implement the FAW’s Return to Spectating Regulations, which were rejected.
There are many considerations for Clubs and its important that these are tested in a match environment, before wider roll-out.
These include entry and exits into stadium through turnstiles, managing thoroughfares, temperature testing and medical questionnaires, spectator code of conduct, ticketing, track and trace, offering refreshments, maintaining social distancing and protecting players.
TRACK & TRACE AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
Track and Trace is mandatory for all activities. The names of all spectators, a contact telephone number for each spectator (Or one household), the date of Match and the arrival and departure time are all required. Records must be maintained for 21 days.
The onus is on the home Club in accordance with Welsh Government Regulations.
All spectators must complete a daily medical questionnaire (see FAW template), which can also incorporate the Track and Trace information.
Spectators must also agree to a ‘COVID-19 Spectator Code of Conduct’ (see FAW template) at the point of purchasing their ticket or entering the stadium.
All spectators who wish to enter the venue on matchday will be temperature tested before admittance. Nobody with a temperature of 37.8 degrees or higher are permitted to enter the venue.
Covid Testing is not required.
Spectators aged 11 and over must wear a face covering, unless an exception applies. Children under 11 do not have to wear face coverings.
Spectators may have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering if (for example):
- they are not able to put on or to wear a face covering because of a physical or mental illness, or because of a condition or impairment;
- they are accompanying somebody who relies on lip reading where they need to communicate and you cannot access a clear face covering;
- they are escaping from a threat or danger and don’t have a face covering.
We encourage all persons to bring their own hand sanitizer, but as a minimum all Clubs must provide this at the point of entry, at toilets and at refreshment areas.
Yes, this is a requirement of Welsh Government Regulations
The club will undertake a risk assessment and mitigation strategy for the re-introduction of the preparation, handling and purchasing of food and drink, as well as the operation of other retail concessions such as matchday programmes and merchandise.
This must comply with the latest Welsh Government guidelines for the retail and hospitality sectors