Fans cheer before the start of the 2020 European Football Championship match between Turkey and Wales at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo / Darko Vojinovic, Pool)
Submitted by Bridgend County Borough Council
Bridgend County Borough football fans have been advised not to travel to the Netherlands and watch the action back home in Wales.
The Netherlands is on the UK’s amber list, meaning travel is discouraged, while the UK and Denmark are not on the Netherlands’ safe countries list.
The Welsh national football team have had success at this year’s belated European Championship and will face Denmark in the round of 16 of the competition on Saturday 26 June at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena.
Wales Health Minister Eluned Morgan has announced that the Dutch police “will not allow Welsh fans into the country”.
Fans can still watch the big game in pubs and clubs across the county borough and are reminded to take all reasonable steps to minimize the risk of exposure to or the spread of the coronavirus, including pre-order tables detailing all members of the group and providing contact details for contact tracking.
In a statement from Bridgend County Borough Council Chairman Huw David, Baroness Morgan encouraged fans to “stay here and watch the games carefully”.
Councilor Huw David said: “We strongly advise football fans in Bridgend County Borough to follow directions from the Welsh government and refrain from traveling to the Netherlands to support the team.
“We encourage fans to watch the game in Wales on Saturday while respecting the current coronavirus restrictions.
“We mustn’t become complacent – the pandemic is not over yet. If you do choose to mix, do it outdoors instead of indoors whenever possible, and keep in mind that the current limit for outdoors is 30 people while the indoor limit is six people from six different households. “