Following the First Minister’s announcement today, Wales Adventure Tourism Organisation (WATO) has released the following statement which confirms that group activity by outdoor providers will now be permitted from Monday:
“The Welsh Government has today announced that it ‘is making changes to the regulations to allow
larger gatherings outdoors of up to 30 people where these are organised and supervised by a
responsible person for sports and other leisure activities and classes’ and that ‘the law in
Wales will continue to make the 2m distance the default position, because this remains the safest
way to protect people’s health. But when 2m cannot reasonably be maintained, the regulations will
require businesses to put in place a set of additional measures to minimise the risk of the virus
spreading, including taking reasonable steps to minimise close face-to-face contact and maintain
“To clarify, the provision of outdoor activities is allowed from Monday 13th July, inline with
the changes to the regulations referred to above.
“Welsh Government has also announced that “tourist accommodation with shared facilities, such as
camping sites would open from 25 July 2020”.
“The next formal review of the regulations is due by 30th July 2020. In advance of the next review
Welsh Government will work with local authorities and other operators to understand how gyms,
leisure centres, fitness studios and swimming pools can make mitigations for a future opening. This
would appear to include indoor climbing walls.
“WATO will continue to provide regular updates as and when the situation changes.
“The following checklists might be useful in helping you prepare for a resumption of activities:
• Pages 3-7 of the Outdoor Alliance Wales Post-Covid-19-Guidelines at
• ‘Good to Go’ accreditation scheme for tourism businesses meeting Covid guidelines
• Welsh Government Tourism checklist.”