A football club in Carmarthenshire has apologised for ‘spreading the Covid virus’ after it held a presentation evening and breached social distancing rules.
Drefach Football Club held a presentation evening on August 29 and around 80 people attended the event.
Carmarthenshire Council has stated that ‘the event was in breach of the law and failed to comply with required regulations or any reasonable social distancing.’
A number of people tested positive for coronavirus after the event, with around 100 people being told to self-isolate.
The club has since been shut down by the council and received heavy criticism from the community. The county has seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases during September.
Councillor Philip Hughes said that the event ‘shows a complete disregard for the public.’
The club’s committee released the statement:
“As Drefach Football Club we would like to make a formal apology to everyone associated with the club and the wider community for the role we played in spreading the Covid virus in our community.
“We would like to take this opportunity to explain the circumstances around the presentation evening and clarify the facts surrounding the events in question to dispel any misinformation that you may have heard.
“From the onset, it was our intention to use a marquee that was erected for the kit ordering day/s and for our senior teams’ presentation evening. This was to allow more space to aid with social distancing.
“Unfortunately, the marquee was damaged on Friday, August 28, and the kit ordering day was moved into the clubhouse. The presentation evening on August 29 was also held there, including the use of an additional large function room.
“The clubhouse is a licensed premises and as such was not limited to a capacity of 30, however a safe limit of individuals in all areas of the premises should have been calculated and confirmed with Carmarthenshire Council.”
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