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Pubs, cafes and restaurants to re-open outdoors in Wales Published Date: 02/07/2020

Pubs, cafes and restaurants to re-open outdoors in Wales will begin to re-open outdoors in Wales from July 13, if cases of coronavirus continue to fall.

Wales Online reported that an announcement is expected from the minister for international relations and Welsh language, Baroness Eluned Morgan who is expected to confirm the phased re-opening plan for bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants at the daily press conference on Thursday, July 2.

The first phase will see the re-opening of outdoor spaces owned by businesses and subject to existing licences. The re-opening of indoor services will be considered later, depending on:

·         The success of outdoor opening

·         The ongoing coronavirus situation in Wales

·         Other measures businesses put in place to reduce the risk of transmission, such as pre-booking, table service only, and even the use of apps.

A Welsh Government spokeswoman said earlier this week: “The hospitality sector is a vital part of the Welsh economy. We continue to work with the industry and local communities to ensure a safe return for the sector.

"The First Minister has asked for a rapid review of the hospitality sector to consider a potential phased re-opening of pubs, cafes and restaurants. Those discussions are taking place with a wide range of interests across the hospitality sector in Wales and have been constructive. We will announce our intentions when further headroom for change allows.

“We have adopted a careful and gradual approach to easing the restrictions. We will be guided by the latest scientific and medical advice and will carefully monitor the impact of each change. People’s health and wellbeing is at the forefront of our approach to easing the restrictions.”

Source: Wales Online