Live updates as Mark Drakeford holds press conference and explains Six Nations crowd position



Fans will remain excluded from professional sporting events in Wales after the Welsh government announced that there would be no changes to the Covid-19 restrictions this week.

Wales remains at alert level two, which means the ban on supporters at sporting events will continue with cases soaring and the latest figures showing more than 2,200 cases per 100,000 people.

The restriction on fans at professional sporting events has been in place since Boxing Day, although much of the rugby and football matches have been postponed until the holiday season.

But the Welsh Rugby Union will get particularly nervous with the start of the Six Nations in less than a month. They host Scotland in Cardiff on February 12, which will be the first of three lucrative home games – they hope – this year.

Restrictions would have to change significantly before then if the stadium were to be packed. Over the past week, the WRU has reportedly explored moving the games to England, where fans are allowed.

This led to a warning from Health Minister Eluned Morgan, who said it would be more difficult for the Welsh government to offer financial support if the WRU moved the devices.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford is holding a press conference at 12:15 pm today and you can follow all the sports news here.


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