The BBC’s latest report on the lifting of Covid restrictions in Wales suggests that stadiums could open again on Friday 21st January which would mean that fans could be back watching the Swans at home against Preston the day after.
Mark Drakeford is making his official announcement at lunchtime but the BBC report states that there will be a four-stage process, depending on cases remaining low:
- Saturday: numbers allowed to attend an outdoor event will rise from 50 to 500
- Friday, 21 January: Crowds allowed to return to sporting events, paving the way for rugby Six Nations full houses in Cardiff, and no limits on those attending outdoor events
- Friday, 28 January: Nightclubs can reopen and hospitality allowed to operate normally, although Covid passes will still be required for large events, plus cinemas, nightclubs and theatres
- Thursday, 10 February: Wales returns to a three-week review cycle as the country is at alert level 0
If this is the case it means the Swans will have played just one game behind closed doors since stadiums were shut from Boxing Day (the FA Cup game against Southampton) and means that Russell Martin and the club can prepare to welcome us back in just a week’s time.