Welsh sports fans will have to show Covid passes from October
Sports fans will need to show a pass proving they have been fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid to attend large-scale events in Wales from October 11.
Supporters will be able to use an NHS Covid Pass to show they are vaccinated or have had a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours before the event.
The Principality Stadium will host four autumn rugby internationals.
Wales announced a 74,500 sale to New Zealand on October 30.
Matches against South Africa, Fiji and Australia will follow.
The pass will be required for any event attended by more than 10,000 people. It is also needed for nightclubs, indoor events without seating with more than 500 people and outdoor events without seating with more than 4,000 people.
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford made the announcement as part of the latest review of coronavirus restrictions.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has confirmed that proof will be required to attend all four international matches this summer.
“Over the past 18 months, the Welsh Rugby Union and the Principality Stadium have followed the advice and guidance of the Welsh government and Public Health Wales,” said a spokesperson for the WRU.
“The well-being of fans and staff is our top priority and we want all fans to have the best possible experience at the best rugby stadium in the world.
“Following the most recent announcement by the Welsh government, from October 11, 2021, the NHS Covid pass will become a condition of entry for all events scheduled at the Principality Stadium. “
The regulations could affect Welsh regional teams Cardiff, Ospreys, Scarlets and Dragons if they draw a five-figure crowd.
The new rules will also affect league football matches involving Cardiff City and Swansea City and the Wales Men’s World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Belgium in November.
The internationals will take place at Cardiff City Stadium which has a capacity of 33,280, while Swansea.com Stadium can accommodate up to 21,088.
Swansea and Cardiff City play in the English Football League (EFL), but there are currently no requirements for Covid passes in England, so regulations are expected to affect fans traveling to Welsh pitches.
A statement from Swansea City said they were “awaiting advice” on how Covid-19 passports would be administered.
“Once we have more details, we will contact supporters ahead of the deployment scheduled for October 11,” the statement continued.
“In the meantime, fans are reminded that this will not be in place for our home Championship game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.”
Newport County is playing League Two at Rodney Parade, which has a 7,850 football capacity and therefore would not be affected by the 10,000 limit.
Wrexham also plays in the National League, with the racetrack seating just over 10,000 fans. The EFL is waiting for more clarity on the application of the covid certification in Wales which they say will allow clubs to provide advice to supporters before matches.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW), Swansea City and Cardiff City have been contacted for comment.