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On Friday March 12th 2021, the Welsh Government announced details of its latest three-week review of Coronavirus regulations – and detailed the initial steps out of lockdown.

Please find the key points from the First Minister’s update below.

From Saturday March 13th:
• Stay at home becomes stay local
• Outdoor sports facilities can reopen, including tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens. A maximum of four people from two households can take part in activities using local outdoor sports facilities. As we understand, children are exempt but must be from those two households. However, we await the release of the regulations and FAQs for further clarification.

From March 27th if public health conditions continue to be favourable:
• Organised children's activities outdoors will restart (Under 18) - We have sought clarification on the parameters of the 27th of March and will confirm what this means for clubs.

An extra £150million has been made available through the Non-Domestic Relief Grant Scheme. Eligible Businesses can receive a £4,000- £5,000 grant covering costs up until the end of March depending on their Rateable Value. Businesses that have already received a payment since the firebreak in October do not need to take action. Local authorities will again be administrating and distributing these payments. More details can be found here.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. Find out more about how the scheme is changing from the 1st July 2021. Claims for furlough days in February 2021 must be made by 15 March 2021 and you can no longer submit claims for claim periods ending on or before 31 October 2020.

Alongside colleagues in the Welsh Sports Association, Sport Wales and other National Governing Bodies we meet regularly with Welsh Government to discuss the reopening of sport, WSA have pushed for a reopening date to be shared as soon as possible. We will continue to meet with Welsh Government over the coming weeks as we look towards reopening indoor sport. The First Minister has said on Friday that this is likely to be in the second half of April. We’ll be looking for more information from them next week. Details of the support and advocacy offered by the WSA can be found here.

We intend to release dates of a National Club Forum shortly. The forum will include updates on the Return to Gymnastics Framework that British Gymnastics and the Home Nations have been working on; timelines of which will vary dependent on the Government Guidelines of each Home Nation. If you require any support or have any further questions, please contact your Development Officer.