It is now legal for digs of up to 30 people to take place In Wales, including those organised by metal detecting clubs. Full information and requirements are detailed in the extract of a letter we received yesterday from Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism in the Welsh Government. We ask anyone considering organising a dig to please ensure that you read and follow the requirements and guidance fully.
“As you might be aware, the regulations and guidance relating to your query have changed since you wrote to me; the most up-to-date guidance on permitted activities in Wales can be found on the Government’s website: https://gov.wales/first-minister-announces-further-steps-to-unlock-wales.
Under the current Covid-19 regulations, you are permitted to undertake any outdoor activity, including metal detecting. Further to the announcement from the First Minister on Friday 10 July, organised outdoor activities, including team sports and classes, involving up to 30 people are able to go ahead from Monday July 13.
The activity must be outdoors and organised by a business, a public body or charitable institution, a club, or the national governing body of sport or other activity.
The person organising the activity needs to have carried out an appropriate risk assessment. The Welsh Government’s advice ‘Sport, recreation and leisure: guidance for a phased return’ has been updated to include general guidance on organised outdoor activities here: https://gov.wales/sport-recreation-and-leisure-guidance-phased-return-html#section-46491
The Welsh Government reviews the coronavirus regulations every 21 days and, on the basis of the latest available scientific evidence, considers whether they need to stay in place or whether they can be eased.“