is based in England but violates Wales’ anti-Covid regulations

Paradoxical situation for the English team of Chester accused by the police of having violated the anti-Covid rules of Wales regarding public access to the stadium: the club has in fact the parking and the ticket office of the stadium in England while the facility that hosting the matches is on Welsh soil.

Paradoxical situation that in which the team of Chester FC who plays in the National League North (the English sixth division). The team based in English citizen it was accused by the Welsh police for violating anti-Covid regulations of the British state by entering the audience at the stadium (about 2 thousand people) in the two league games played during the holiday period.

The problem arises from the fact the city of Chester is crossed by the border that separates England from Wales and made sure that the parking lot and the ticket office of the stadium are located on English territory while the facility that houses the stands and the pitch is located on Welsh soil. And from the fact that the two states of the United Kingdom currently regulate spectator access to the stadium during matches differently: while in England there are no limits on public participation in events, while in Wales a maximum number of 50 people can participate in sporting events.

The graphic reconstruction of the border between England and Wales in Chester made by the Daily Mail

The graphic reconstruction of the border between England and Wales in Chester made by the Daily Mail

For this reason Welsh institutions contested the violation of anti-Covid rules at Chester FC ordering him to abide by the provisions of Wales for the next matches. The club, together with its lawyers and those of the English football association with which it is associated, are trying to remedy this paradoxical situation by insisting that the team and the city are English and therefore subject to respect the rules in force in England.

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While waiting for the issue to be resolved, in view of the next home league match against Brackley Town, Chester fans are in a paradoxical situation as they could buy tickets and gather in the stadium car park for the match without breaking any rules, but would violate Wales’ anti-Covid rules if they entered the stadium.


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