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Welsh hospitality businesses can reopen indoor space from Monday

31 July 2020 by

From Monday (3 August) restaurants, bars and cafes in Wales will be able to reopen indoor spaces.

During a briefing today, first minister Mark Drakeford said the green light had "depended upon the state of the coronavirus". He continued: "We've had the latest checks. We're confident now that we'll be able to go ahead."

The news has been welcomed by UKHospitality. Executive director for Wales David Chapman said: "The majority of the hospitality sector will now be able to reopen from Monday. That includes indoor play areas and leisure centres as well as pubs and restaurants. This is a welcome and really positive step forward for Welsh hospitality businesses, which have been hit very hard by this crisis. Our sector plays a big part in local economies all around Wales, so getting the sector back up and running is going to be crucial.

"We do now need further clarity for those parts of the sector that cannot open, such as function and event centres, and weddings venues. Following a ministerial meeting on Friday, we will be meeting with Welsh government on Monday to seek to drive forward a route map for reopening these key areas so businesses can have some sense of security."

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