Pub bosses told by Welsh Government that football fans are not to sing during Euro 2020 matches

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Welsh football fans gearing up for their sides opening Euro 2020 match on Saturday should not sing their support in the pub, according to government guidance.

It’s been a long wait for players and supporters alike after the tournament was postponed for 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

Flags were left folded in drawers, ready to be unfurled in support of Wales as they face Italy, Turkey, and Switzerland in the opening round of the competition this weekend. There will be more than a few Welsh football shirts in Wales’ pubs and bars on Saturday as people enjoy the entertainment of the Euros after a difficult year.

Many fans have been anticipating this moment for months as the country went in and out of lockdown and pubs and hospitality venues finally opened up again, offering the tantalising hope of watching sport in the pub with your mates again.

You can do that during Wales’ clash with Switzerland in Baku tomorrow, but you might be told to quiet down if your enthusiasm stretches as far as singing a chant or shouting, both of which are to be “avoided” according to current Welsh Government guidance.

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Advice and guidelines for hospitality businesses have been provided by the Welsh Government, outlining how they could safely open up as lockdowns ended and drinkers returned to pubs and bars after months away.

The ‘Keep Wales Safe: guidance for tourism and hospitality” document on the Welsh Government website outlines the do’s and don’t for pubs, bars and restaurants. Section 4.7 reads that a step “usually needed” to minimise the risk of exposure to Covid-19 in enclosed premises is: “Instructing guests/visitors to move through enclosed public areas as quickly as possible, and to avoid shouting or singing in such areas.”

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Other measures suggested include maximising ventilation by opening windows and propping open internal doors where possible and putting one-way systems in place, as well as displaying the maximum safe capacity for the venue while maintaining social distancing.

After a year away from the pub and the drinks flowing this weekend, the more enthusiastic fans might struggle to comply with the singing ban, but there is nothing to stop you from staying home and singing your heart out to support your favourite team.



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