Laura Anne Jones, Senedd Member for South Wales East, has called on the Welsh Government to provide greater clarity for organisations wishing to hold outdoor events in Wales.
This follows concerns being raised with Laura from the organisers of Agricultural and Equestrian events about the clarity of Welsh Government guidance and the disparity with rules across the border in England.
In response to Laura’s letter, the Minister Eluned Morgan said:
“I have Cabinet responsibility for Major Events and my officials are leading on the development of outdoor events guidance.”
“To tackle the spread of coronavirus, Welsh Government imposed strict restrictions on gatherings such as agricultural shows, the movement of people, and the operation of businesses (some of which were required to close). Welsh Government has prioritised the protection of people, and with this aim, is now following a cautious approach to easing these restrictions.”
“In respect of this phased approach, my officials are working on developing guidance to inform businesses working in the outdoor events industry in Wales of ongoing legal restrictions and requirements related to the coronavirus, and to help them re-open when this is allowed. This guidance will be produced in conjunction with key stakeholders and the wider events industry and will be available following consultation with these partners.”
Laura Anne Jones commented:
“ I am very concerned about the lack of clarity coming from the Welsh Government regarding holding outdoor events in Wales.”
“Events such as Agricultural Shows provide an essential focal point for people living in rural communities and they are becoming increasing frustrated at the lack of progress in easing restrictions in Wales compared to England.”
“Although I welcome the Minister’s assurance that work to develop guidance is ongoing, no timescale has been provided.”
“I call on the Welsh Government to complete this work as a matter of urgency.”