Pubs and restaurants in Wales will be allowed to reopen their outdoor spaces from 13 July if cases continue to fall, the Welsh Government has announced.
It follows a rapid review of the country’s hospitality sector and how it can be allowed to reopen. Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to reopen their outdoor spaces if they already have a license in place to do so.
The Welsh Government has said the reopening of indoor spaces will be considered depending on the success of the outdoor move.
However, the Welsh Government is likely to stress that this will only go ahead if cases continue to fall in the coming week.
International Relations Minister Eluned Morgan said: “If we open too quickly, as we have seen in some parts of the world, we’ll just simply have to go back into lockdown and that’s not a place we want to be.”
A study conducted by the Wales Independent Restaurant Collective warned that fewer than 50% of independent pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to open. And those that do only expect to generate 25% of their regular revenue.
The TUC welcomed the Welsh Government’s “cautious” approach to the reopening of hospitality settings.
TUC General Secretary Shavanah Taj said: “Our position remains clear – workers’ health and safety is paramount. A company’s profits cannot be put above a worker’s health. We need to do all we can to keep this sector alive and to keep jobs secure, particularly in light of the rise in the number of redundancies being announced in the wider hospitality sector.
“We will continue to work in social partnership with Welsh Government, employers and industry to keep people safe at work. We need to ensure that all health and safety measures are properly adhered to and enforced, through Covid-19 health and safety workplace assessments.”
The Welsh Government also announced that outdoor visitor attractions will be allowed to open from 6 July