The Welsh Government has announced that all sporting events in the country will be moved behind closed doors from December 26 in an effort to slow the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The new rules will apply to all indoor, outdoor, professional and community sports events, meaning fans will not be able to attend any of the traditional Boxing Day sports fixtures.

Welsh Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said that the government would make available a new £3m (€3.5m/$4m) Spectator Sports Fund for clubs and sporting venues affected by the new measures.

However, Gething did not state how long the measures would be in place or when fans would be able to attend sports events again.

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