Reopening indoor hospitality in Wales will bring boost but further clarity still needed
31 July 2020
Posted by: Chris Banks
UKHospitality has welcomed the news that indoor hospitality in Wales will be permitted to reopen from Monday.
The trade body has also called on the Welsh Government to urgently provide further clarity for those elements of hospitality still unable to reopen.
Commenting on today’s announcement, 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.
“We are also in advanced and positive discussions with Welsh Government, who recognise our arguments around the devastating impact of a loss of the season and restrictive opening, to seek additional targeted rescue funding support for the tourism and hospitality sector in Wales.”