THE Welsh Government has revealed the medical advice behind its decision to open a host of outdoor attractions while retaining restrictions on organised sport.

This week First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen on May 3 while outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks will be allowed to reopen from April 26.

However organised outdoor activities remain capped for 30 people – leading to frustrations among Welsh football and rugby clubs who will be unable to play fixtures at all in rugby's case while football clubs will have to choose between substitutes, coaches and medical staff to complete their quota.

Asked by the County Times why funfairs and theme parks and outdoor hospitality had been prioritised ahead of sport, the Welsh Government replied with the advice of Welsh Chief Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton.

Dr Atherton said: "I have reviewed the proposed changes to our COVID-19 restrictions in Wales.

"The relaxations which are signalled are those which provide health and well being benefits at relatively low risk; either taking place outdoors or in regulated environments.

"These easements are consistent with our approach of unlocking cautiously so as to allow for relaxations to be monitored and assessed.

"This approach pays heed to the modelling data which predicts that re-opening too rapidly could result in increased community transmission with rising hospital admissions and deaths.

"Our lived experience of emerging from the first UK-wide lockdown and from the Welsh firebreak have demonstrated how quickly our situation can deteriorate.

"Our vaccination programme continues at pace but the extent to which it has broken the link between community transmission and direct Covid-19 harms is not yet clear.

"Every relaxation that is made will impact on transmission rates.

"This has potential to propagate infection into younger age groups thus affecting those who have either not been vaccinated or for whom vaccination does not stimulate a good protective response.

"There is considerable risk in the too rapid reinstatement of non-essential international travel as this would pose the threats of re-seeding of infection and of the introduction of new vaccine-resistant variants.

"Wales is currently experiencing the lowest levels of transmission in the UK due to the decisions that have been made to date and the control measures we have in place."