The Welsh Government has announced a further easing of restrictions for the Welsh Public today which includes lifting restrictions on outdoor sports courts from the 22nd June.
This includes athletics tracks and outdoor velodromes. Sports that can observe all other regulations relating to social distancing, can now responsibly recommence at these venues as they reopen.
For now the ‘stay local’ regulation remains, with the 5 mile guidance. Social distancing remains at 2m and only two households are permitted to meet and this is outdoors. So, the easing of restrictions does not change the position of returning to club triathlon activity where it does not meet the government regulations. It is still possible to run, cycle and open water swim locally within the guidelines and where it is safe to do so.
The good news is if Wales ‘stays local’ for the next two weeks and the infection rate continues to drop in Wales the next date to look forward to will be the 6th July when the Welsh Government will lift the local travel rules. This will enable travel to beaches and the countryside, increasing the opportunity for more open water venues. If you intend to open water swim, which is still a high-risk activity please look at the open water swimming guidance documentation referenced below and refer to the SH2OUT website. Do not be tempted to swim outside your ability, or in locations with which you are unfamiliar.
Further updated guidance for Clubs, Individuals and Coaches can be found here.
Welsh Triathlon continues to work with British Triathlon and the Home Nation on a return to sport plans for events and club activity. Welsh Triathlon is also involved in the National Governing Bodies Phased Recovery Groups which help inform the Welsh Governments Review process. The ‘Sport, recreation and leisure: guidance for a phased return’ document published by the Welsh Government on the 15th June provides further information explaining considerations around returning to sport.