Welsh government sets new timetable for reopening bars, restaurants, cafes, tourist attractions and self-catering accommodation

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The Welsh government has asked bars, restaurants and cafes with outdoor space to prepare to reopen from 13 July.International Relations Minister Eluned Morgan said at a press conference in Cathays Park on Thursday that the first phase of the reopening of the hotel industry would likely start on Monday July 13 if the rate of coronavirus infections continued to decline.

She also presented a revised plan to allow the reopening of self-contained vacation homes, postponing the proposed date to Saturday July 11 to allow reservations for this weekend to continue.

She said the reopening of outdoor tourist attractions could continue from Monday July 6 if the five-mile rule is lifted as planned by Prime Minister Mark Drakeford.

However, the interior tourist attractions must remain closed. Baroness Morgan said reopening of attractions and interior options will be considered when the regulations are next revised on Thursday, July 9.

Baroness Morgan said internal hospitality should remain closed for the time being, but the Welsh government was aware of the enormous pressure on the sector caused by changes to the leave program in August.

Follow live updates from his press conference here.

She said: “Tourism is a vital part of the Welsh economy at national, regional and local levels. I want to thank all of our industry partners for working with us to carefully reopen the visitor economy.

“A successful, safe and gradual return will give businesses, communities and visitors the confidence to continue the recovery of the visitor economy.

“We ask everyone traveling to and around Wales to take advantage of their time here, but always to respect local communities. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Wales, but we want everyone to visit Wales safely. ”

Tips to help businesses in Wales’s tourism economy were released this week. More tips for cafes, bars and pubs will follow.

The Welsh Independent Restaurant Collective called on the Welsh government to go further.

She said: “An outside reopening date is welcome, but its contribution to maintaining jobs and keeping businesses alive is very limited.

“Our research shows that less than 50% of pubs, cafes and independent restaurants will be able to take advantage of this opportunity and those that the majority hopes to achieve less than 25% of their usual turnover.

“Many jobs have already been lost, the figures involved are discouraging. Although these losses may seem relatively small on an individual basis cumulatively, they are enormous. As a collective of companies, we are extremely concerned that this collapse of our sector is not being treated as seriously as it requires. A conservative estimate is that 10,000 jobs in the independent hotel sector will be lost before the end of the summer. ”

The new calendar

July 6 – Reopening of outdoor tourist attractions

The lifting of the requirement to stay local will mean that people will be able to travel across Wales and allow outdoor attractions to open up, subject to strict social and hand hygiene standards.

Interior tourist attractions should remain closed for the time being.

11 July – reopening of independent holiday accommodation

A formal decision on the matter will be made during the Welsh government’s cabinet review of the foreclosure on Thursday, July 9.

Ministers are currently planning to allow vacation rentals to reopen on Saturday, July 11.

This includes any fully self-contained accommodation, for example, vacation homes, vacation caravans, including modern caravans and motorhomes, and some glamping accommodations with their own kitchens and bathrooms that no one else uses .

Also in this category:

  1. Hotels and other accommodation with hotel services (guesthouses, inns, etc.) that offer rooms with bathroom and can provide in-room meals.
  2. Caravan parks where accommodation is fully self-contained – but shared facilities on site will remain closed, such as swimming pools, recreational facilities, showers and shared washrooms

July 13 – Bars, restaurants and cafes with outdoor space

A formal decision on this will be made during the review on Thursday July 9.

Ministers plan to authorize reopening of bars, restaurants and cafes with outdoor spaces that are part of existing licensed premises

End of July / beginning of August – Inner hospitality?

In her announcement, Baroness Morgan said reopening of domestic services will be considered later, depending on the success of the first phase of outdoor opening and the current level of coronavirus infections in Wales.

She said: “We are deeply aware that the gradual abolition of leave will put more pressure on the sector in early August.”

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