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King George V athletics facility / Ron Jones Stadium

Following the latest easing of the lockdown regulations in Wales, the Council has confirmed that athletics facilities in Tonypandy and Aberdare are opening to the public on Monday, June 29 – and users are reminded to adhere to the social distancing measures at all times. 

On Friday, June 19, the First Minister outlined the next steps in the process for unlocking Wales and these measures included a lifting of the restrictions on outdoor sports courts and the green-light for non-professional athletes to resume training.

In line with these developments, the Council has announced that both the Ron Jones Stadium in Aberdare and the King George V facility in Clydach Vale, Tonypandy, which has recently seen £800,000 worth of improvement works completed, will be opened for the public to use for individual exercise on Monday, June 29. Bowling greens and tennis courts will also re-open to the public on this date. 

However, please note that the lockdown regulations still do not allow for any contact sports to be played and the Council is unable to take any bookings from sports clubs at this time. Changing facilities at both King George V and the Ron Jones Stadium will also remain strictly closed to the public.

County Borough Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “I am pleased that the Welsh Government has given Councils the opportunity to open athletics sites, bowling greens and tennis courts to our residents, following the sacrifices made over the last few weeks that have allowed the “R” rate to drop to the lowest in Wales of any region in the UK.

“An exercise regime is particularly important during these unprecedented times and these facilities will now open strictly for individual exercise to support this.

“In spite of the positive progress made though, the coronavirus remains present in our communities and we are by no means out of the woods yet, so it is vital that we all remain disciplined in adhering to the social distancing measures.   

“Signage has been placed at the re-opened sites reminding residents of the requirement to socially distance from those outside of their own household, and I’d ask that all users act responsibly when using the facilities and to be mindful of yourself and others who may also be undertaking their daily exercise. 

"Residents are also asked to avoid using the facilities in circumstances where the number of users means that social distancing cannot be observed.”

Posted on Wednesday 24th June 2020

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