North Wales Police and Wrexham Council have been offering advice to licenced premises showing football games during Covid-19 restrictions to help them ensure that their staff and customers remain safe.
If you have not visited a licenced premises for a while then things may be a little different to what you are used to.
• It’s preferable that you book before you go and plan well ahead, but some venues are open to ’walk ins’ so queues may form outside, especially if they already have the maximum number of customers inside. This may mean a long wait so if you see a long queue please think about where else you can go rather than wait your turn.
• Social distancing requirements are law and must be enforced
• Businesses must ensure that anyone queueing to enter their premises stay 2 metres apart, regardless of how long the queue is
• If you are a customer and are reminded of this by a member of staff and if you are asked to socially distance by staff, please do so politely. It’s important to remember that security and door staff are working to keep you and those around you safe and abuse will not be tolerated
• On entry you will be asked to provide details for track and trace.
• You will need to wear a face mask or covering and pay close attention to hand hygiene, so be sure to take a mask with you
• Current guidance recommends that broadcasting of live sport is kept at background level, so the volume may be a lot quitter than you are used to.
• Screens have to be positioned so as not to encourage gathering, huddling or standing.
• All venues are required to ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other. This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult.
The premises may have posters and announcements about these rules and staff will remind customers of what is expected when interacting with them.
Customers who do not follow these rules may be reminded of the consequences of not behaving in the way that is currently acceptable.
Any breaches of the law during will not only affect your chosen venue, but may also impact on the health of everyone in the community.
Cllr Hugh Jones, in his role as Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “During the 2016 Euros, Wales away-fans had the enviable reputation of being able to enjoy themselves immensely, but in a respectful way.
“There’s no reason why we can’t replicate this behaviour at home.
“Please do all you can to adhere and enjoy the game safely… ac POB LWC CYMRU!(Good luck Wales!)
“This is another opportunity to show that Wales fans can behave in an enjoyable way”